Sushma Swaraj thanks Pakistan for Uzma’s return

Published: May 26, 2017
Says the Indian High Commission received humanitarian support from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PHOTO COURTESY: DNA INDIA

Says the Indian High Commission received humanitarian support from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PHOTO COURTESY: DNA INDIA

Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, has thanked Pakistani diplomats and judiciary for the safe return of Indian national, Uzma, who had alleged she was duped into marrying a Pakistani man, according to The Hindu.

The case of Uzma, 20, took several turns when finally she was repatriated to New Delhi on Thursday following an Islamabad High Court (IHC) order.

Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani man’ repatriated

Swaraj said India would like to thank Pakistan despite differences in the status of bilateral political relations.

“Today, I would like to express our appreciation of Pakistan irrespective of the current state of bilateral ties. If Uzma is here today, that is because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan has helped us a lot. Pakistan’s Home Ministry has also helped us a lot,” said Swaraj.

The Indian minister insisted that the Indian High Commission received humanitarian support from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also lauding Pakistan’s judicial support, Swaraj said, “Political relations are another thing but Justice [Mohsin Akhtar] Kayani gave the verdict on humanitarian grounds. Her husband argued that the case was about the prestige of Pakistan but (Justice Kayani) said, how is this case related to the prestige of India or Pakistan? Barrister Shah Nawaz Noon argued the case almost like a father.”

IHC allows woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani man’ to go back to India

Swaraj welcomed Uzma as she returned to India via the Wagah border. “Uzma – Welcome home India’s daughter. I am sorry for all that you have gone through,” she tweeted.

During a press conference in India after her return, as India’s NDTV reported, Uzma said, “Pakistan is a death trap. Why women, not even men are safe there.”

The Indian national had alleged that her husband Tahir Ali – a resident of Buner region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa K-P) – had assaulted her.

Uzma had claimed, “My Pakistani husband forced me to marry him on gunpoint and even harassed me.” She approached the IHC on May 12 to arrange her journey back to Delhi amid security and to issue duplicate travel documents which were allegedly stolen by Tahir.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mihir
    May 26, 2017 - 11:24AM

    Indian never forget acts of kidness shown towards it people ! Thank you Pakistan ! Recommend

  • vaidyanathan
    May 26, 2017 - 11:42AM

    Thanks to Pakistan judiciary and Foreign & Home Ministry for the help. It is always acknowledged that are some very good people on the other side. Good elements from both sides to raise their voice.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 26, 2017 - 12:11PM

    looking forward to hear more such collective stories on both sides . Recommend

    May 26, 2017 - 12:17PM

    Bravo , Pakistan !! A big thank you from India .Recommend

  • Giri
    May 26, 2017 - 12:42PM

    Modi government has proved beyond doubts that it works for all patriotic Indians regardless of religion and caste. This act of Modi government will help them get maximum Muslim women’s votes in the next election. For Muslim women Modi has now become THE protector.Recommend

  • tatvavetta
    May 26, 2017 - 1:20PM

    Thank you, Pakistan for making Uzma’s passage back to India. We must note that Uzma went to Pakistan with a dream but came back disillusioned. But there are hundreds of Muslim girls from India married to Pakistani men and some must be happy and others resigned to their fate. There are numerous shortcomings in Indian society and redressals are initiated when possible and observed. Also some other problems in Hindu society such as Dalit issues are being tackledRecommend

  • anand
    May 26, 2017 - 3:58PM

    Pakistan has done a commendable job…thanks from India.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    May 27, 2017 - 4:38AM

    There are more holes in her story than a fishing net. Nevertheless, all is well that ends well. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 27, 2017 - 7:07AM

    Modi govt has made note of it, now.kulbhushan jadhav too, or keep him without any proof just for prestige of Pakistan Recommend

  • bharat
    May 27, 2017 - 10:22AM

    Pak authorities have done there job. Thanks was needed in this case.Recommend

  • Dipak
    Jun 2, 2017 - 12:47AM

    Dipak@Mihir: Well you are partially right. But what about all the torture she suffered in Pakistan? Just that this judge turned out to be a gentlemen, but what about all suffering and destructions of non-muslims of Pakistan has to suffer in their own country?Recommend

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