Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for External Affairs, has won the hearts of many by ensuring that 19 girls from Pakistan, who were in Chandigarh to take part in a youth festival, left for home safely after the conclusion of the event. By doing this Swaraj showed to Pakistan that humanity is above everything. Alas the notorious leadership of a country called ‘Pak’ may never learn a lesson or two in humanity.
Amid tensions between the countries over a string of terror attacks by terrorists aided by the Pakistani Army in Kashmir and India’s surgical strikes on them in retaliation, Swaraj didn’t let the humanity down. As tensions escalated following the surgical strikes, the Pakistani girls, who had arrived to India on September 27, got worried over their security.
One of them, Aliya Harir approached Swaraj for help and the minister did it without any fuss. A gratified Aliya took to the twitter to inform the world about this. “Extremely overwhelmed. Spoke to @SushmaSwaraj ji who assured that Pakistani delegation of #GYPF2016 will reach Pakistan back safe,” she tweeted.
— Aliya Harir (@AliyaHarir) October 1, 2016
In response the minister tweeted: “Aliya – I was concerned about your well being kyonki betiyan to sabki sanjhi hoti hain.”
Aliya – I was concerned about your well being kyonki betiyan to sabki sanjhi hoti hain. https://t.co/9QyeMQfRwy
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 3, 2016
The girls had come to India to participate in the 11th Global Youth Peace Festival, which concluded here last evening. On October 1, head of the delegation Aliya Harir who runs a cross-border peace initiative Aghaz-e-Dosti had spoken to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who assured them all help.
On October 3, the Pakistani girls and one male member of the delegation left for home. They were sent back home in a bus from here and the crossed over to Pakistan from the Wagah border.
Upon reaching Pakistan, Aliya again tweeted: “Aap ki beti kehlane ka sharf hasil hai, aur kya chaheyay. The delegation has reached back home safe&immensely happy. Thanks a million times.”
Aap ki beti kehlane ka sharf hasil hai, aur kya chaheyay. The delegation has reached back home safe&immensely happy. Thanks a million times. https://t.co/JHH8VUj91Q
— Aliya Harir (@AliyaHarir) October 4, 2016
Swaraj’s gesture won praise on the internet from thousands of people across the world.
Well done @SushmaSwaraj. You retained humanity and sanity by helping 20 Pakistani Students Get Home https://t.co/1QHDqSI4Xl via
What a beautiful gesture in stressful times like these….sach kaha betiyan sabki sanjhi hoti hain @SushmaSwaraj https://t.co/QFkkzYRRsj
— Ravi Dubey (@_ravidubey) October 4, 2016
Ironically, Pakistan has not yet provided details of an Indian soldier who was captured by its Army after he crossed the Line of Control by mistake recently.
One hope Pakistan’s leadership will learn a lesson or two in humanity soon. For when they would learn, they would stop keeping terrorists as pets.
(With agency inputs)