1. Emotional Uzma hails Sushma Swaraj’s role in helping her leave Pakistan, says MEA gave her strength

Emotional Uzma hails Sushma Swaraj’s role in helping her leave Pakistan, says MEA gave her strength

Uzma Ahmad and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed a joint press conference after the former was successfully brought back to India after the Islamabad High Court had ruled that the Indian national must be allowed back to her native place.

By: | Updated: May 25, 2017 7:20 PM
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Uzma Ahmad and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed a joint press conference after the former was successfully brought back to India after the Islamabad High Court had ruled that the Indian national must be allowed back to her native place. Speaking to the media about her ordeal in Pakistan, Uzma said that from where she stood, the entire scenario was like a kidnapping. She said that she did not know that the situation would turn so drastically against her after she crossed the Wagah border. She said that her husband tortured her emotionally and threatened to kill her daughter. Uzma thanked Sushma Swaraj profusely and said that she was grateful for all the efforts the External Affairs Minister had taken to ensure that she returned back to the country safely. Uzma had accused her Pakistani husband of marrying her on a gunpoint. The Islamabad High Court bench, headed by Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani also ordered the return of her original immigration form.

It was reported that during the hearing of her case, her husband Tahir had expressed his desire to meet Uzma alone, but Justice Kayani had said that she could not be forced to meet Tahir. Uzma says that had she spent two or three more days in the country, she would have probably ended up dead. She said that her husband’s family had many guns in their house and she could have been sold.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj applauded Uzma for her bravery and her brains to have been able to reach the High Commission. Speaking about the case in detailed, she said that Uzma reached the Indian High Commission in Pakistan and told the officials about her Indian nationality. Referring to Uzma as “India’s daughter”, Sushma Swaraj said that she was “relieved after she crossed the Wagah border”. Speaking to the media, Swaraj said that the government had to save UZma. She said, “We were relieved when she crossed the Wagah border. It was not an easy fight for her.” She further added, ““Uzma is here also because of cooperations of Pakistan’s foreign and home ministries, I thank lawyer Shahnawaz Noon who fought her case like a father.”Uzma had been so tortured that she told the officials that she did not want to go back with her husband and if she was forced outside the door, then would commit suicide.

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