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Indian envoy meets girl stranded in Pakistan for 15 years

The high commissioner and his wife met Geeta after the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj directed him to meet with the girl and resolve the issue.

world Updated: Aug 05, 2015 09:47 IST
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Indian high commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan on Tuesday evening met a hearing and speech impaired Indian girl who has been stranded in Pakistan for the last 15 years.

The high commissioner and his wife met Geeta in Karachi after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj directed him to meet with the girl and resolve the issue.

Raghavan said that his purpose was to gather as much information about Geeta as he can, according to ANI.

Raghavan told reporters at the Edhi trust shelter home in Karachi: "The purpose of my visit to this centre is to find out all details about Geeta's case and background and try to locate her family and relatives as soon as possible."

"The fact that I have come here is itself a message of peace from our government," he said after meeting Geeta.

In a post on Twitter, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had said, "We will bring Geeta back to India." (ANI Photo)

Thanking the individuals and institutions in Pakistan who looked after Geeta, foreign minister Swaraj said that the girl will be brought back to India.

Geeta now lives with Bilqees Edhi, the wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi, founder of Edhi Foundation, Pakistan’s largest and best-known charity.

On Monday, Swaraj had asked the Indian envoy to meet the girl, whom Karachi-based rights activist Edhi christened Geeta because no one knows her real name.

Leading rights activist and Pakistan’s former human rights minister Ansar Burney has launched a fresh campaign to reunite the woman with her family in India.

The renewed push was inspired by the success of the Bollywood film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which features Salman Khan overcoming all odds to take a deaf and mute girl back to her relatives in Pakistan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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