Sunday, June 09, 2019

Balakot airstrike: Left stranded for 3 months, Pakistani woman reunites with her Indian husband

New Delhi: Why Sushma Swaraj as India's foreign minister will be missed? Ask Sumaira Farooqi, a Pakistani woman who got united with her family due to the actions of due to the former external affairs minister Swaraj.

Pakistani national Sumaira Farooqi was married to a Hyderabad based man Shaik Aijaz Mohiuddin. Living with her in-laws in India, she is a living example of the tension prevailing between the two neighbouring countries.

She was married on October 30, 2011, in Karachi, Pakistan. After six months of marriage, she came to India on a long term Indian visa which was valid up to October 13, 2019.

During the period she became the mother of two children, Shaik Umar Mohiuddin and Shaik Yaseen Mohiuddin.
After living in Hyderabad, India for seven years she went to Pakistan along with her children, to see her ailing father Shaik Junaid Mohiuddin Farooqi, on December 4, 2018, on a 90 days "No obligation to return to India" (NORI) visa, with a return ticket of PIA on February 27, 2019, as her visa was up to March 3, 2019.
As per the scheduled date, she along with her minor children travelled from Karachi and reached Lahore airport to return to India. But by then the Srinagar terror attack had vitiated the atmosphere. Moreover, the Indian Air Force's strike at Balakot worsened matters between the two countries which found themselves on the verge of a full-scale war.
Due to the tension between India-Pakistan, the PIA flight no: PK270 of Sumaira Farooqi got cancelled. She along with sons got stranded at Lahore airport. Her NORI visa also expired on March 3, 2019, even though she possessed a long term Indian visa valid up to October 13, 2019.
09/06/19 Ashish Pandey/India Today
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