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October 26, 2015
Thank you, Sushma: Edhi's Faisal
KARACHI: Faisal Edhi, the Director of the Edhi Foundation, which had taken care of Geeta, the deaf and dumb Indian girl living in Pakistan after crossing the border by Samjhauta Express train by mistake over a decade ago, has extended his heartfelt gratitude to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan Foreign Ministry and the media in both countries for helping Geeta find her family in India.

He said, "I would like to thank Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and Indian and Pakistani media. They helped a lot in finding Geeta's family. She has been with us for almost 13 years. Now it is time for her to return."

Geeta left Karachi and is expected to land in New Delhi by 10: 20 AM Monday after which she is expected to meet External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Pak envoy.

Geeta had identified her family from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Geeta will be handed over to her real parents only after the DNA test. If the DNA does not match, then she will be accommodated at either of the two identified institutions in Delhi and Indore.

The girl was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. The police took her to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore and she was later shifted to Karachi.

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