Sushma Swaraj’s awesome response to a Pakistani girl worried about returning home is winning the Internet

Sushma Swaraj, in her response to the girl, proved that the bitterness between the two countries will never come in the way of humanity.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 4, 2016 6:37 pm
Sushma Swaraj's response to this Pakistani girl is a must-read Sushma Swaraj’s response to this Pakistani girl is a must-read

On September 27, a delegation of 20 students from Pakistan arrived in Chandigarh for the 11th Global Youth Peace Festival, bearing hand-written notes and friendship cards from various schools from across the country. But amid tensions that gripped India and Pakistan after the Uri attack and surgical strikes, the girls were worried if they’ll return home safe.



Aliya Harir, leader of the contingent and convenor of Indo-Pak friendship initiative titled Aaghaz-E-Dosti, reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help the girls return to Pakistan. Harir later tweeted that the minister has assured her of help.

But Sushma Swaraj — who had put up a strict front towards to Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly making sure they know that Kashmir belongs to India and will remain so — in her response to the girl, proved that the bitterness between the two countries will never come in the way of humanity. “Aliya – I was concerned about your well being kyonki betiyan to sabki sanjhi hoti hain” (I was concerned about your well being because one’s daughter is everyone’s daughter).

Back home, the girls’ parents and relatives were afraid for their well-being but they went ahead with their tour. Reportedly, parents of some of the girls told them that they won’t return alive. but Swaraj made sure the girls were felt safe. She spoke to Harir and asked her if they need any help from her. She also told them that if at any stage, they face any problem, they must immediately let her know. She emphasised that in Indian ethos, guests are treated like Gods ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ and that they should go back with happy memories of India.

But the girls have reached home safe and sound, Aliya tweeted this morning.

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  1. Sridhar Kaushik
    May 26, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Problem with s is they think India is like stan! It is not. In India, there is no hatred against stani common folks. We only hate the terrorists who roam free there. stan is the lawless frontier that never wishes to change.
    1. G
      Oct 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm
      What would have happened if it was the other way round , if our girls went to stan??
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        Sajed Syed
        Oct 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm
        Tears flew while reading Aliya's tweet-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Aap ki beti kehlane ka sharf hasil hai, aur kya;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Betiyan to sabh ki saanjhi hoti;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We shall take this a step higher--Insaan to sabh Ek hain. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;he has made us all in his image, how can we judge and hurt fellow human beings, his creation, including flora and;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind, Jai stan, Jai Huamnity.
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          Abhivadan Vashisht
          Oct 4, 2016 at 7:42 am
          Hope stanis can learn something from this big hearted gesture by Mrs. Sushma Swaraj.
          1. Ajit Kumar
            Oct 4, 2016 at 8:34 am
            We even treated war prisoners well, and allowed them to go back hale and hearty. But stan have proven by their treatment to our soldiers in captivity and terrorist actions that they don't believe in anything thing fair.
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