KARTARPUR, Pakistan - At Guru Nanak Dev's 552nd birth anniversary celebrations in Kartarpur, 94-year-old Sardar Gopal Singh from India and 91-year-old Muhammad Bashir from Pakistan, who were separated during the partition of the Subcontinent, reconnected after 74 years.
For various reasons, the reunion is ironic. These two friends frequented the Kartarpur shrine as children, and it was here that they met by pure chance, especially because one of them is a Muslim.
Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from India have traveled to Pakistan to commemorate Guru Nanak's 552nd birthday.
The ceremony was also attended by Indian leaders, including Navjot Singh Sidhu, who declared his affection for Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Originally, the two nonagenarian friends Sardar Gopal Singh and Muhammad Bashir, come from Narowal, and Kartarpur is part of the Narowal district.
They'd spent their childhood in the same area, frequently going to the Kartarpur shrine and eating langar there.
They couldn't communicate with each other after the partition. Guru Nanak Dev's birthday celebrations brought them together this year.