Amid the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, a friendly gesture by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has won the hearts of a visiting Pakistani youth delegation.
The team of 19 young women had come to India to participate in the Global Youth Peace festival in Chandigarh on September 27. But following the Indian army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control, their scheduled return on October 4 looked uncertain.
While the authorities provided the “Girls for Peace Group” extra security, the young women came under pressure from home to return immediately.
On October 1, Aliya Harir, the convener of the peace forum Aghaze Dosti – an India-Pakistan friendship initiative — spoke with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who assured their safe return.
The girl tweeted :
— Aliya Harir (@AliyaHarir) October 1, 2016
To that, came a heartwarming reply from the minister, saying there are no borders for daughters, they belong to all.
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
In a tweet on October 2, Ms Harir — a student of international relations at the Troy University of the US who describes herself as a feminist — had said that Indians treat their guests like gods.
In indian ethos guests are like God ! https://t.co/HDRCd4HhY5
— Aliya Harir (@AliyaHarir) October 2, 2016
After reaching back to their homeland, the girl retweeted :
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
Ms Swaraj has won huge praise and popularity on Twitter for reaching out to all those who asked her for help.