Two days before India’s surgical strikes across the LoC, a group of 20, including 19 girls, from Pakistan had arrived in the country to participate in the Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF) in Chandigarh. The strikes and the subsequent deterioration of affairs at the highest political level between India and Pakistan led to obvious concerns for the group’s safety and security.
The delegation was asked by Pakistan to head back home. But their fears for safety were alleviated by none other than External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Swaraj not only enquired with officials connected to the Fest about the well-being of the delegation but also personally spoke to the delegation’s head, Aliya Harir.
— Aliya Harir (@AliyaHarir) 1 October 2016
And Swaraj’s reply to her tweet not only reflected India’s warm attitude towards guests but also shed light on how a daughter is a daughter after all, even if she is from a hostile country.
Aliya – I was concerned about your well being kyonki betiyan to sabki sanjhi hoti hain. https://t.co/9QyeMQfRwy
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 3 October 2016
Perhaps this is why everyone loves our MEA.