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New Delhi, May 25, 2017: “Pakistan is like a well of death”, said Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman repatriated to the country from Pakistan where she was allegedly forced and duped into marrying against her choice.

“I am an orphan. I am an adopted child and have nobody,” Uzma told reporters in New Delhi, hours after she crossed into India through the Wagah border, a day after the Islamabad High Court permitted her to travel home.

The woman broke down several times and said “it is easy to go, but tough to return”, sharing her ordeal of living in Pakistan with media.

“They could have sold me or used me in a risky operation,” she said about a family in Buner, Pakistan.

Uzma said she was not the only woman duped into marrying a man from Buner.

“There may be lots of girls in Buner. Buner people are mostly in Malaysia and they get girls from Malaysia. It is a dangerous area. You hear gunshots everyday. Every (man) has two wives there. I don’t want this to happen with everyone,” she claimed.

The woman said she saw women who went to Pakistan after their arranged marriages also crying.

She thanked the Government of India, particularly External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for making her return possible and making her realise “the value of my life as an Indian citizen”.

“I am proud to be an Indian citizen. Sushma madam would call me every day to say we are fighting for you, you are our daughter, you are India’s daughter,” she said, recounting the days she spent at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Uzma travelled to Lahore from Islamabad and was accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh. She stayed in Pakistan for 25 days. Near the Wagah border she was escorted by Pakistani security personnel. She prostrated and kissed the ground as soon as she entered Indian territory.

The woman claimed she was forced at gunpoint to marry Buner resident Tahir Ali. During the court hearing, Pakistani judge Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani asked Uzma if she wanted to meet her husband in the chamber but she refused the offer, saying she did not want to talk to him.

The high court ordered that Uzma can go back to her country and the case will be processed in her absence.

Uzma had taken refuge at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad because she felt threatened, and wanted to return to her country of birth.

Ali had filed a petition claiming that she was being forcibly kept at the Indian High Commission and that the marriage was not under coercion.

Uzma, who belongs to New Delhi, and Ali “fell in love” in Malaysia, after which she travelled to Pakistan on May 1, via the Wagah border.

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  • Khalid Bunery

    For your kind information, Buner is a peaceful Pashtoon area who are known for their hospitality, bravery and has a dignified name in history! If Uzma wasn’t happy with her decision going there she could have easily let her host know and they would have happily seen her off to the same Waga border she eventually crossed. There is no need for lying beyond limits. Seems like India is using her to spell as many lies as possible to look Pakistan bad. I’m sure people of India can question one simple fact that if Uzma’s host were such bad people how was she even able to make it to the Indian embassy. I’m from Buner and there is absolutely no truth to how Buner is portrayed here!

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  • Khalid Bunery

    For your kind information, Buner is a peaceful Pashtoon area who are known for their hospitality, bravery and has a dignified name in history! If Uzma wasn’t happy with her decision going there she could have easily let her host know and they would have happily seen her off to the same Waga border she eventually crossed. There is no need for lying beyond limits. Seems like India is using her to spell as many lies as possible to look Pakistan bad. I’m sure people of India can question one simple fact that if Uzma’s host were such bad people how was she even able to make it to the Indian embassy. I’m from Buner and there is absolutely no truth to how Buner is portrayed here!

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India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

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Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi. flickr

“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

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“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)