New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has indicated that it will bring back an Indian woman who was has living in Karachi for the last 15 years.
Geeta is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistan as a child. Now, 23-years-old, this deaf and mute girl, has met with India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan T C A Raghavan and his wife in Karachi, and the latter is “believed” to have conveyed to the MEA that she is an Indian national.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday night tweeted, “Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Mr Raghavan and Mrs Raghavan met Geeta in Karachi today. Our High Commissioner believes that Geeta is an Indian. We will bring Geeta back to India.”
Earlier in the day, Raghavan had told reporters in Karachi, “The purpose of my visit is to find out all details about Geeta’s case and background and try to locate her family and relatives as soon as possible.”
At the Edhi trust shelter home in Karachi, he said, “The fact that I have come here is itself a message of peace from our government.”
Raghavan noted that despite all disputes there was a relation of humanity between Pakistan and India.
Geeta crossed into Pakistan as an eight-year-old, when she was found by Pakistan Rangers at the Lahore railway station, reports from the neighbouring country have said. (ANI with inputs)