Indian girl who strayed into Pakistan, sent back with new dress, candies: Report

Published: April 2, 2013

authorities from both the countries had been holding several flag meetings since Friday for the girl’s return. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

A seven-year-old Indian girl who had strayed into Pakistan was given a new dress, footwear and candies before the Rangers handed her over to Indian authorities, reported Indian news agency TNN on Tuesday.

The girl, Pooja Meghwal, had strayed into Pakistani territory through a damaged fencing near 43KYD village on Friday while grazing cattle. She was handed back to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday in “good health”, the report said.

BSF officials told TNN that authorities from both the countries had been holding several flag meetings since Friday for the girl’s return. An officer said that the girl “was smiling and was seen in a new dress given to her by Pakistan Rangers”.

“The girl told us that she was offered timely meals, candies, new footwear and a new dress by Pakistani Rangers. A woman officer was also deputed by them to take care of her,” the report quoted DSP Bikaner Babu Lal Bishnoi as saying.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • Apr 2, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Nice gesture. Hope Pooja becomes the bond of peace between the two neighbour nations.

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  • Deepwater
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:38PM

    Decent gesture by the Pakistanis.

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  • Final Solution
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:41PM

    More such positive gestures should be promoted between Pakistan and India .

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  • Final Solution
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:42PM

    More such positive gestures should be promoted between Pakistan and India .Recommend

  • Bala
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Thank You Pakistan, We appreciate this gesture!

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  • De
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Love them! Us civilians shouldn’t be dragged into military matters. Best to treat us as civilians only!

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:47PM

    We demand that govt should explain how does when ever a helicopter or a person come to our territory we send them with out hurting but when our Army chief go inside territory during kargli no one from Indian govt does not send him by respect. We appose this. Yakeen Janeye. we need caretaker govt for 3 years so that we can keep the child in jail as she was a RAW Agent. BT I hope you are ghairat enough to put my message as there is nothing in this moderate and not to put my message in the comment section.

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  • Tera
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:16PM

    Somehow this brought me memories of a movie that I saw. “Ramchand Pakistani”

    Very nice movie indeed.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Just few weeks ago, a Pakistani boy strayed across the border with India and was promptly returned by Indian authorities with sweets and new pair of clothes.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:21PM

    It is very appreciable and I am sure the girl will remember this nice gesture by Pakistanis when she grow up. Taking care of her, giving her timely meals, new footwear and dress, are all commendable acts. Thanks to the Pakistani Rangers.

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  • shailesh karanjkar
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:23PM

    This is excellent gesture ! An innocent girls deserves this..

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  • Pk
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:24PM

    These are the kind of good stories that I want to hear often. Cheers.

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  • mushtaq ali
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:25PM

    this highly appreciable descion bring close india and pakistan togeter.Indians will know about the genreousity of pakistanis.I hope our bad impression on them will chane in to good impression….

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  • gp65
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:25PM

    Nice gesture.

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  • Khalai Lota
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:43PM

    Can we please do the same with the Indian fishermen who stray into our waters?

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  • American Desi
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:52PM

    Quite a human move by Pakistani Rangers. Thank You, and I wish such gestures continue from both sides of borders. Peace !!

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  • Analyzer
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Yet again we prove that Pakistanis have big hearts. Shabash Pak Rangers.

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  • Modi
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:53PM

    As a nation this is our message to neighbours.

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  • Ali
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:18PM

    Good work!Recommend

  • Apr 2, 2013 - 10:25PM

    @Zaid Hamid: ” We demand that govt should explain how does when ever a helicopter or a person come to our territory we send them with out hurting but when our Army chief go inside territory during kargli no one from Indian govt does not send him by respect.”

    I think you deliberately don’t want to understand the difference between the straying of girl child or heliocentric( in the Pak territory) and the planned adventure of crossing the border by the COAS of Pakistan along with an army of soldiers ( surely for not observing picnic)

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  • Sudheer
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:33PM

    Though, I stopped commenting on this Pak site, but, I can’t restrain myself from thanking Pak authorities for their gesture of sending this little Indian girl, back to the place/country she belongs, unharmed and healthy of course.
    Thank you Pakistan, thank you very much.

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  • Indian reader
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:35PM

    Nice gesture! Such gestures restore our confidence levels in each other. Hopefully we never kill innocent civilians from each others side and eventually never have to resort to cross firing of any kind.

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  • Asif Butt
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:10PM

    Dear Pooja Meghwal ,

    Please tell your family that we only did what we felt like doing. We do not consider you being an Indian. We saw you as a little daughter in need of care , just like we would to any other soul. For that you dont have to thank us either.

    @ INDIANS

    The only possible difference between us was of that between a Hindu and a Muslim.

    If we are mature and strong enough to face and overcome this difference , then we will see that there is NO OTHER difference between us. We ARE the same nation with divided hearts.

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  • Concerned
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:19PM

    To my Indian fellows,

    Guys, this shows that we Pakistanis are not as bad as you think we are.

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  • Aviator
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Very heart warming

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  • G. Din
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:41PM

    @p r sharma:
    to Zaid Ahmed
    Recognize sarcasm, Sharma ji. He is known for similar posts.

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  • yash
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:41PM

    India should learn some good manners from this

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  • green blood
    Apr 3, 2013 - 12:19AM

    No doubt ! Pakistanis are big hearted :)

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  • Aqeel Ahmed
    Apr 3, 2013 - 1:01AM

    This shows that Not all Pakistanis are bad, as they think, and Not all Indians ( or other nationals) are good.

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  • Vijay
    Apr 3, 2013 - 1:21AM

    Nice gesture and very heart touching.

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  • Welltro
    Apr 3, 2013 - 1:40AM

    Good piece of news , it was refreshing to read this!

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  • Sarang naudiyal
    Apr 3, 2013 - 7:17AM

    Thats a great move, wen the relation between the two nations are on an edge.
    Pakistanese are not as brutal/bad as we think.
    I hope most of the people there are peace loving, as both nations are children of Same mother, somehow seperated.

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  • Kiran Kuppa
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:53AM

    Pakistan, thanks a lot.

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  • Mehul Gandhi
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:41AM

    Thank You !!!

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  • Moosa Khan
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:48AM

    A lesson to learn for our Indian fellows.

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  • Babur Sohail
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:57AM

    Not a wonderful gesture at all. Thats is as normal as it should be……….Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:00AM

    @P r Sharma,,

    I agree with you, The act of Innocent girl is not comparable with the Act of any other Army officer.

    We must recognize the extremists among us.

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  • rama
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:09AM

    India thanks to Pakistan’s gesture

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  • indian
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:17AM

    what a gesture towards a lil kid

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  • singh gs
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:28AM

    The gesture by pakistan is highly appreciated by the Indian public.

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  • Bharat
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:36AM

    I am very surprised that this has happened.

    But i must say thank you to Pakistan for this gesture.

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  • Ghaznavi
    Apr 3, 2013 - 11:12AM

    This is the difference between Indians and Pakistanis:

    When a pakistani jawan accidentally strays across to Indian territory, he is shot dead in cold blood.
    When and Indian girl strays across pakistan territory she is given food and gifts. This shows which of the two nations is human and which is Indian.

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  • Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian)
    Apr 3, 2013 - 11:38AM

    Hats off, sensible job done by Pakistan military.I have heard many bad things about the Pakistan military in India this is one good news to hear and it bring me happiness.

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  • Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian)
    Apr 3, 2013 - 11:42AM

    “BSF officials told TNN that authorities from both the countries had been holding several flag meetings since Friday for the girl’s return.”

    I wonder,why did it take such a long time to hand over the girl to India.

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  • heera
    Apr 3, 2013 - 12:31PM

    @Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian): Read this news on TOI,probably you will get your answer right.

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  • Stranger
    Apr 3, 2013 - 12:38PM

    Feels nice to hear such things after the non stop nonsense news about firings/ bullets flying / killings/ maimings and what not.

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  • holy me
    Apr 3, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Got to agree with @Aqeel Ahmed here, if it was another country like India they would say a civilian has been shot due to friendly fire. The Pakistani armed forces, rangers are definitely much more caring than other forces i’ve read about around the world. They usually shoot first and ask questions later. Very dangerous indeed. Look at the shooting of Nato forces of two young boys in Afghanistan, they were Australian soldiers though. And then when the come back home they are heavily decorated for their courage! What courage, killing poor innocent civilians and it is all covered up by the machinations of the public relations department.

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  • Dhanus
    Apr 3, 2013 - 1:57PM

    Thank you Pakistan, this gesture is well appreciated….

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  • rennymathew
    Apr 3, 2013 - 2:08PM

    @Bala:
    ther is nothing to thank in return bsf also returned a pakistani man who staryed into india,pakistani media bias

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  • Akshay Tyagi
    Apr 3, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Thanks guys. I really hope that all this fighting stops.

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  • rennymathew
    Apr 3, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @Concerned: weeks before this we also returned a pakistani man who staryed into india but there is no news about it in pakistan

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  • Apr 3, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Oh how it makes me happy to read such a positive news after a long long time!

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  • s
    Apr 3, 2013 - 4:09PM

    But Indian media does not cover positive news like this.
    they should stay balanced rather than one sided.
    atleast people to people differences are not existing.

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  • heera
    Apr 3, 2013 - 4:38PM

    @s: Sir,what indian media should report..Coz of incompetency of our Armed forces,one intruder was released for getting pooja back home.Our govt has expanded in billions for fencing ,yet people r able to cross the boarder.No doubt our armed institution is also corrupt.Anyway nice gesture by pak rangers.She was well taken care off and safely returned..

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Apr 3, 2013 - 5:57PM

    @Concerned:
    “To my Indian fellows,
    Guys, this shows that we Pakistanis are not as bad as you think we are.”

    Someone asked Mr. Jinnah “what will Pakistan do if some other country invades India”
    He answered “we will fight with India against the aggressor”
    He was asked why????
    he answered “because blood is thicker than water”

    Cheers……Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Remember Ramchand and what he had to go through in IndiaRecommend

  • Bala
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:53PM

    @rennymathew:

    Common courtesy :) … Pakistani rangers did a good thing, and I thanked them.

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  • Nobody
    Apr 4, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @Indian Wisdom:
    I looked up the word troll….and saw your picture.

    Kind gesture. Rare and heartening to read some neutral or positive news about Pakistan India that doesn’t start a comment war as per usual.

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  • Shumaila Taj
    Apr 4, 2013 - 4:33PM

    It’s a great expression of courage ,no doubt. Hats off dudes :)

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