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As Kashmir Valley remains on edge on day 56 after Burhan Wani’s killing triggered a civil uprising, the two families divided by frontiers had a reunion in Kashmir.

It was another ‘aar par’ marriage when a sub-inspector Syed Owais Gilani married his cousin Sayeda Faiza Gilani, a postgraduate in literature from a university in Islamabad. Divided in 1947, the marriage reunited the divided family after three generations.

The bridegroom’s great grandfather Pir Syed Sikander Shah was the head of the undivided family before 1947. After Kashmir got divided that year, the saint remained in Muzaffarabad, while his son and Owais’s grandfather Syed Hassan Shah Gilani, stayed back on the Indian side.

His father Shabir who retired as SSP in 2014 visited Muzaffarabad that year. During his stay at his cousin’s place, he planned to marry his son Owais with the host’s daughter. A few months later, Nikah was solemnised via Skype and the wedding was fixed for 2016.

On July 25, the bus service was suddenly restored after pro-Burhan protests had halted the service. Shabir asked his younger son, Syed Saddam, to go to PaK with traditional mehandi and get home his “bhabi” Syeda Faiza.

The bride arrived here with her dozen-odd family members. The celebrations are on at the Srinagar residence of the groom.

Similarly, a woman was re-united with her mother after 30 years of separation in Kargil area. Zaiba from Chulunkha village of Turtuk valley of Leh district was a teenager when she got separated from her mother in December 1971 after Indian army captured their village.

The Chuluknkha village was then part of Gnagchey district of Baltistan area of Pakistan. Zaiba is one among the refugees of Kargil and Leh who reside in Manthal area in Skardu city of Pakistan. The happiness of Zaiba’s mother Khatija (92) knew no bounds when she met her daughter after a gap of 45 years.

Meanwhile, people across Turtuk valley are visiting Chulunkha to meet the people of the divided families who have visited them after a long time.


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