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Pakistani human rights activist Burney arrives looking for disabled girl's parents

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, October 13, 2012
First Published: 20:16 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 22:47 IST(13/10/2012)

Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney arrived here on Saturday to trace the parents of a 21-year-old speech and hearing challenged woman, who was in that country and is believed to be an Indian.


Addressing the media at a press conference here, Burney said the police found Geeta in Lahore about 10 years back. "Now she has grown up and started communicating through writing and gestures; it seems she belongs to India and came by train to Pakistan," he said. "She has written some letters in Hindi, also writes in Sanskrit and through some gestures about appearance, we presume that her family may be from Rajasthan, Gujarat or Maharashtra."

Showing Geeta's photo, Burney said: "Our Trust is looking after her. She is facing an identity crisis, but we are making efforts to find her family in India and for that I want the help of the people of this country."

"The Ansar Burney Trust will take care of her marriage expenses and other needs in future," the activist said, "I only appeal to her family that even if they don't want to keep her, they can meet her once because she is desperate to see her parents."

Asked about the attack on 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, he said, "She was attacked because she raised her voice against the Taliban. We must all pray for her well-being."
'Politics being played on Sarabjit case'

Asked about Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh lodged in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail, Burney said, "I won't name anyone, but certainly there are some people who are playing politics in the name of Sarabjit."

After spending 22 years in jail, Sarabjit should not be hanged. There are 7,500 people in Pakistan who are facing death sentence and 60-65% of them are innocent, he said.

"Any exaggerated statement made in the context of Sarabjit spoils his case," he added.


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