The team of 19 young women had come to India to participate in the Global Youth Peace festival in Chandigarh on September 27. But following the Indian army's surgical strikes across the Line of Control, their scheduled return on October 4 looked uncertain.
While the authorities provided the "Girls for Peace Group" extra security, the young women came under pressure from home to return immediately.
On October 1, Aliya Harir, the convener of the peace forum Aghaze Dosti - an India-Pakistan friendship initiative -- spoke with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who assured their safe return.
Today she tweeted:
To that, came a heartwarming reply from the minister, saying there are no borders for daughters, they belong to all.
Aliya - I was concerned about your well being kyonki betiyan to sabki sanjhi hoti hain. https://t.co/9QyeMQfRwy— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 3, 2016
Ms Swaraj has won huge praise and popularity on Twitter for reaching out to all those who asked her for help.
Recently she helped Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra when his coach lost his passport, 17-year-old Mashal Maheshwari with her medical entrance and a British couple who had a daughter in India with the help of a surrogate, and was being forced to leave her in India as UK was not giving her a passport.
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