External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday welcomed Uzma, an Indian national who was stranded in Pakistan, ANI reported. Welcoming Uzma upon her successful arrival back home, Swaraj wrote, “Uzma – Welcome home India’s daughter. I am sorry for all that you have gone through.” Uzma, an Indian national, had accused her Pakistani husband of marrying her at gunpoint. Uzma finally returned to India after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) a ruling that the Indian national should be allowed go back to her native place. The court also ordered police to provide Uzma full security till the Wagah Border.
Geo News reported that the IHC bench, headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, also returned Uzma her original immigration form, submitted to the court by her husband Tahir. During the hearing, Tahir also expressed his desire to meet Uzma in private, which the latter refused. Ruling in favour of Uzma, Justice Kayani said that woman can’t be forced to meet Tahir. Speaking to ANI, Uzma’s brother Wasim Ahmad said that Indian government had done more than expected for her sister.
WATCH | Indian woman Uzma returns to India via Attari-Wagah border, she alleged she was forced to marry a Pakistani
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Ahmad added that the Indian Embassy treated Uzma with full care. The woman had taken shelter in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on May 5, 2017. Ahmad added that he had no words to thank the government, Sushma Swaraj, and Indian High Commission in Pakistan. In a six-page reply submitted to the Islamabad High Court, Uzma reiterated her earlier claims and said that she was forced to sign the Nikkahnama (marriage papers).
Uzma also claimed that Tahir’s affidavit was based on lies. Further, the reply also requested court to allow Uzma’s return to India on the grounds that her her visa would expire on May 30. Earlier, while recording her statement before the Court of a Judicial Magistrate, Uzma had alleged that she was sedated, assaulted, tortured mentally and physically by the man in Pakistan who had invited her to visit his family in Pakistan.