Woman meets Sikh brothers after 75 years at Kartarpur

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The woman who lost her family during the riots at the time of the division of the Sub-continent met her Sikh brothers at Kartarpur.

At the time of the Partition, Mumtaz Bibi was an infant lying on the corpse of her mother who was killed by the local fanatic crowds.

A man named Muhammad Iqbal and his wife, Allah Rakhi, adopted the baby girl and brought her up as their daughter, naming her Mumtaz Bibi. After the Partition, Iqbal moved to the village of Varika Tian in the Sheikhupura district.

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Iqbal and his wife never told Mumtaz that she was not their daughter. Two years ago, Iqbal suddenly fell ill and he told Mumtaz that she was not his real daughter and that her parents were Sikhs.

Following Iqbal’s death, Mumtaz and her son, Shahbaz, started looking for her family through social media. They knew the name of the real father of Mumtaz and the village (Sidrana) in the Patiala district of Indian Punjab where they moved after being forced to leave their home. Both families were connected using social media.

Mumtaz’s brothers Sardar Gurumeet Singh, Sardar Narendra Singh, and Sardar Amrinder Singh, accompanied by members of their family, joined Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur.

Mumtaz and her other family members reached there also and met her lost brothers after 75 years.

 

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