Welcome back home: PM to Geeta

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian girl who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan, a decade ago, meeting the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi after her return to India, in New Delhi on Monday. External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj  is also seen in the picture.(UNI)
Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian girl who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan, a decade ago, meeting the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi after her return to India, in New Delhi on Monday. External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is also seen in the picture.(UNI)

NEW DELHI, Oct 26: “Welcome back home, Geeta,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he met today the differently-abled girl, who had accidentally crossed over to Pakistan years ago, and announced a donation of Rs one crore for the Pakistani foundation Edhi which took care of her.
Modi hailed Karachi-based Edhi founder Bilqis Bano Edhi, who turned out to be Gujarat-born, for taking care of Geeta with love and affection for so many years and invited her to visit her birth place in Bantwa in Junagadh along with her family.
Geeta warmly embraced the Prime Minister when she met him this evening, hours after returning from Pakistan.
“It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today,” Modi tweeted later.
He assured her that every effort would be made to trace her family and that she will be looked after well. “All of India will take care of you,” Modi told her during meeting.
Complimenting Bilqis Bano Edhi for taking care of Geeta with love and affection for so many years, the Prime Minister announced that India would give the Edhi Foundation Rs one crore as a token of appreciation, not just for taking care of Geeta, but also for the wonderful work that the Foundation has been doing, a PMO statement said.
“I don’t think any amount of words are enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness & compassion,” Modi said in a tweet.
“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs. 1 crore to their foundation,” he added.
During the interaction, Gujarat-born Modi learnt that Bilqis Bano was born in Bantwa in Junagadh in Gujarat. He invited her to visit Junagadh along with her family.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was present on the occasion, also complimented Bilqis Bano and the Edhi Foundation for the love and affection that they have showered on Geeta. (PTI)

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