Hamza Sarkar a Pakistani citizen met his brother TP Mammikutty, 75, and sister Eyyahu 85, both from Kerala. He flew from Pakistan while his siblings went from Kerala for the reunion in Abu Dhabi.
Sarkar who went missing from Kerala in 1951 when he was 11, was fond of travelling and one day their mother sent him out to graze the cattle and he never returned.
Sarkar said he boarded a train to Kolkata from where he went to Bangladesh, then Pakistan, and later he went to Karachi. After 18 years he returned home in 1968.
He said he risked his life and slipped through the borders near Rajasthan and walked for 3 weeks before he took a bus to Hyderabad. He wrote a letter to his mother who sent him money for a train ticket to Kerala.
Hoping he would stay, Sarkar’s family set up a grocery shop for him but he left again after 9 months on the pretext of buying supplies and never returned. That was the last his family saw of him.
After 48 years his family traced him in Karachi when his daughter Aasiya living in Pakistan and Mammikutty’s Abu Dhabi based grandson Nadirshah, 23, connected on Facebook.
Sarkar said he never thought he would see his brother and sister in this lifetime, and he has waited for this moment for so long, but now he wants to leave them and go to Pakistan.