This girl’s tweet is waiting for Sushma Swaraj’s intervention so her Pakistani friend can attend her wedding in India

She narrated that she and Sarah are best friends and she is devastated with the news of Sarah's visa to India getting rejected.

By: Trends Desk | Published:November 2, 2016 6:10 pm
That's Purvi Thacker and her friend Sarah Munir/ Facebook That’s Purvi Thacker and her friend Sarah Munir/ Facebook

Anyone who’s active on Twitter knows just how efficient External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on the platform. If you have any problems that can be solved with some help from Swaraj, she is probably just a tweet away. In the past, she has helped many Indians with their visas, arrivals, and departures across the world and, sometimes, added with a pinch of humour.

But this one tweet by New York-based Indian journalist Purvi Thacker hasn’t received a response from the minister to whom she tweeted the entire story of her Pakistani friend Sarah Munir being denied an Indian visa so that she could attend her wedding.

“Hoping social media and human connections can help @SarahMunir1 and me! Cc @SushmaSwaraj”, she tweeted along with screenshots of her Facebook post.

In a long post, she narrated that she and Sarah are best friends and she is devastated with the news of Sarah’s visa to India getting rejected after all the effort that went into it. In the light of current tension between the two countries, Purvi also mentioned that she never thought that being born in different countries could have an implication as such. “We understand that our countries shared history has huge economic and political implications, but it also takes a toll on normal mundane things like human relationships and connections. Nobody thinks about that. Being friends and being there for each other should not be this hard just because we were born on different sides of the borders,” she wrote.

Read her full post here.

For all those who know mine and Sarah Munir’s friendship, you will understand how heartbroken we are that her visa application to India for my wedding in December was denied.
That my best friend cannot be there for what will be my biggest day is something that I cannot come to terms with. Forget the hustling, the paperwork, the months of coordination and prayers- we didnt know that it would end with a rejection.
Sarah has visited India and I have visited Pakistan, where we have stayed with each other’s families. Her ammi and abbu are like my own and her family and siblings are like my own and we have visited mosques, churches and temples together. It’s not until our respective countries/governments remind us that it is unusual for us to be doing those things together that we think of each other as “Pakistani” or “Indian.”
It’s extremely sad that even though we have never let religion, nationalities , our shared history and even cricket come between us, incidents like this repeatedly make us feel like we should.
We understand that our countries shared history has huge economic and political implications, but it also takes a toll on normal mundane things like human relationships and connections. Nobody thinks about that. Being friends and being there for each other should not be this hard just because we were born on different sides of the borders.
We hope that social platforms like Twitter ( where we have already received significant help) and Facebook, will help change these notions. Please do feel free to share this, so maybe the “right” people will take notice and help us in some way.
As you know, we don’t give up that easily! #GetSarahToIndia

She has also started an online campaign #GetSarahToIndia, which has been getting a lot of support on social media.

But there are people who hold contrary opinion. “But what about those poor people from rural Sindh and Punjab who are unable to post such messages on social media which millennials can share with some hashtag. Apparently there are hundreds who cannot get Visas to India almost every week,” wrote a user on Facebook.

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    atul
    Nov 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    Selfish character......For personal happiness one can stoop to any low.
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      Raj
      Nov 3, 2016 at 5:33 am
      Come on, kids will be kids - don't drag others down to your nihilistic world view. It is a bad place, however, even though I don't want to affiliate with the idea of stan (let alone a stani) - you have to let kids live their lives in whatever fantasy bubble they wish to create for themselves. Let others live, it is clear that some cannot handle reality (as they wish to impose hard truths on others), if you can't handle reality you probably are living in a bubble yourself too.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, learn to distinguish things - and don't impose yourself on others - rule 101 in common sense.
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        Raj
        Nov 3, 2016 at 5:31 am
        Correct, life's not equal everywhere, justice is a fantasy - nature is meant to be unequal. That doesn't mean you drag the world below the belt with you. Truth is the truth, some wish to remain ignorant and want to be happy - let them.
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          Raj
          Nov 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm
          Well, the kid is getting married. Indians have to cheer up and wish her a good and fruitful life, it is a new phase... so chill all.
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            Raj
            Nov 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm
            Yeah, you can invite your friends, I hope that friend blows herself up in your wedding. India and stan, I wish never shall the twain meet. Be realistic child, have a swell wedding and begin a good life anew, leave politics for someone else.
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              bng
              Nov 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm
              Deable lady...
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                bng
                Nov 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm
                I think there is a problem with your education. It is a simple statement that he has put out.
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                  Kolsat
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm
                  The bride chooses or seems not to understand that Immigration must have reasons for refusing visa to her stani friend. Swaraj as the Minister should not interfere in the workings of her department and order them to issue a visa. By doing so Swaraj will be opening flood gates people who are unhappy with the Immigration Department's decisions.
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