Speaking just after Uzma, who returned to India from Pakistan after a heart-rending ordeal there, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she was ‘relieved after she crossed the Wagah border’ into India. Swaraj, while addressing a joint press conference along with Uzma, who was rescued from Pakistan and brought back to India earlier today, said, “We had to save India’s daughter.” She further added that “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.” She also said that “Uzma’s safety was our priority.”
Before Sushma Swaraj, while speaking to the media about her ordeal in Pakistan, 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.
All About Uzma:
Uzma is an Indian national who went on a trip to Malaysia where she was befriended by a Pakistani man named Tahir. She was then asked to accompany him to his home; trouble started when she was forced to marry him at gunpoint. She was thereafter able to reach the Indian High Commission where she found sanctuary.