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
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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.

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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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    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.
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      Gauri
      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 chaheyay......lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Betiyan to sabh ki saanjhi hoti hai.lt;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 fauna.lt;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.
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            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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              Aman Ahluwalia
              Oct 4, 2016 at 8:19 am
              No doubt she is the most sr. and sensible women in bjp, She is like a mother and wont hesitate for a second to react on extreme situations and usually her reaction is correct.
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                amir rafiq
                Oct 4, 2016 at 8:01 am
                There is good and bad people evry where don't call all of us heartless look at your shiv sena party heartless gunday
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                  svpm
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 10:05 am
                  Where were you when deaf and mute Indian girl was returned by stan? Don't you find it as an act of humanity?
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                    anand
                    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:23 am
                    Do not expect to receive flower boquets when you throw brickbats.
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                      Ansarul
                      Oct 5, 2016 at 5:37 pm
                      All we need talk and understanding,,,,,that is humanity,,,,,everything will be solved,,,,,,,,everybody does wrong,,nobody is perfect,,,,war is never be the solution,,,,peace is the solution....cheers,,,
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                        Aravind Pattar
                        Oct 5, 2016 at 6:39 am
                        Humari jung stan ke awaam se kabhi nahi rahi hai! Jung to 2 desho ki sena ke beech honi chaahiye, lekin stan aisa mulk hai waha ke Netao aur Sena ke adhikaari dono terrorism ki manufacturing, exporting karke uska pratyaksh aur paroksh roop mein uttejan bhi karte hai (Ex: Nawaz Shareef's UN speech, Hafeez Saeed's very existence). To ab jung un sabhi staniyon se hai jo terrorism ki support karte hai aur enchourage karte hai. Bhaaratiya naagarik stan ke kalaakaron se isliye rusht the/hai kyo ki unho ne URI attack ki ninda nahi ki (stan ka naam liye bina bhi kar sakte the). Aap Kalaakaar bano ya cricket ya kuchh aur sabse pehle insaan banna hai! Terrorism should be condemned! Doesn't matter who's the target, whether it's yours or the country you hate or the country you earn bread in.. Instead if you support (Like Fawad Khan and his Jihadist work in his Serials) then you are bound to expect heat from Indians. Thanks. #Peace
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                          avi
                          Oct 4, 2016 at 7:48 am
                          They never will they are heart less and cruel people !
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                            Prerana
                            Oct 4, 2016 at 8:31 am
                            I agree with u prasad.stan can never behavever with humanity with anyone nor with their own country men.they are extremely hopeless ,cruel and aimless people ever who can never create and will always destroy. Salute to sushma swaraj. She is an true Indian. Proud of her.
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                              MKS
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 7:51 am
                              I have become a fan of Sushmaji - for her prompt and decisive responses in Twitter. God bless her and India
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                                CricLover
                                Oct 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                                A very honoursble gesture. The dialogue: "betiyan tou sab ki saanjhi hoti hain" just reminded me of Geeta's story #EdhiRIP
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                                  CricLover
                                  Oct 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm
                                  Forgot about Geeta!!! #EdhiRIP Sad to see this ungratefulness
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                                    CricLover
                                    Oct 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                                    Perhaps Sushmaji learned this from Edhi (RIP) on Geeta!
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                                      CricLover
                                      Oct 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                                      What about Geeta! #EdhiRIP Sad seeing this ungrateful atude
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                                        Himanshu Himanshu
                                        Oct 4, 2016 at 10:07 am
                                        How I wish that people like Raj Thakrey have this kind of a view? Whatever differences we have with stan and its leadership, we must always have our own humanity and culture above everything else. The stanis who are in India to work (sports, arts, business whatever) are still our guests and we must not loose our dignity at any cost. lt;br/gt;Hats off to Sushma Swaraj for upholding our values and traditions.
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                                          Indiana Jones
                                          Oct 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                                          A very sane voice in the midst of the cacophony of war mongering.
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                                            Jeevan
                                            Oct 4, 2016 at 7:31 am
                                            lot of people who read this article don't know hindi.
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