External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,  Pakistan's Information and Broadcast Minister Fawad Hussian
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan's Information and Broadcast Minister Fawad Hussian

Twitter spat between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pak Minister

ANI | Updated: Mar 24, 2019 17:57 IST

New Delhi [India], March 24 (ANI):  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday in an online social media post sought a report from Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about an apparent abduction of two sisters from the minority Hindu community in the neighbouring country to which Pakistan's information minister Chaudhary Fawwad Hussain posted a strong retort.
The exchange between Swaraj and Hussain soon turned into a spat.
After Swaraj sought reports from the Indian High Commissioner, Chaudhry said the atrocity was an "internal matter" of Pakistan.
In an attempt to sound secular, Chaudhry added that protecting the rights of the minorities is Pakistan's "duty" stating that the white strip in the Pakistani flag belongs to the minorities and is "equally dear" to them.
Swaraj and Chaudhry, then got into a Twitter feud wherein the External Affairs Minister pointed that Islamabad is "jittery" even though she had only sought a report from the Indian envoy in Pakistan.
"Mr.Minister @fawadchaudhry - I only asked for a report from Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience. @IndiainPakistan," Swaraj tweeted.
Retorting to Swaraj, Chaudhry quickly retorted: "Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul," Chaudhry tweeted.
Express Tribune quoted the Hindu community leaders from Daharki taluka of Ghotki district in Sindh, who claimed that the two underage girls, belonging to the scheduled caste community, were abducted by people from the Kohbar and Malik tribes on March 21.
The brother of the two girls, aged 13 and15 years old, further alleged that his sisters were "forcibly arrested" and "converted to Islam" before being subjected to underage marriages.
Meanwhile, the two girls on Sunday approached a court in Bahawalpur seeking protection.
The incident came to light after the girls’ father and brother revealed the details in videos that went viral on social media.
In a separate video, however, the girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will.
The police, under suspicion, has arrested a man from Khanpur who is believed to have assisted in the underage marriages of the two girls. (ANI)

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