That divide, as much as a chasm caused by unfortunate history, had prevented Shamli Bai, 75, from meeting her brother Veer Bhan - now Sheikh Imam Buksh of Mouza Kot Khalifa, district Bahawalpur, Pakistan - a sibling separated in a panicked crowd. Her eyes fixed ahead, Shamli, who lives in Rajpura, near Patiala, scanned the crowds. She was looking for only one person, her Punnu.
Suddenly, one of her nephews spotted an old, diminutive man staring towards the Indian side. A cheer went up: "O aa gaye hain (They have come)."