Before the Pakistani Rangers gently pulled Imam Buksh away after 10 minutes, with both families vowing to keep in touch, he muttered: "Sister, destiny separated us, but the Almighty has united us."
Shamli stood looking at the border till she couldn't see her brother any longer. "He is the same Punnu I had left behind 50 years ago," was her refrain as she was led away from the border. "So what if he is a Muslim now? It has not changed his blood."