Islamabad, Oct 26 (IANS) Geeta, a young, deaf-mute Indian woman who returned home on Monday having been stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, was looked after well in the country, the Pakistan government said on Monday.
“During her stay in Pakistan, Geeta was looked after by the world renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and his family,” Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
“Indian national Geeta left Karachi for New Delhi today (Monday). Her return was facilitated by the government of Pakistan,” it said, adding that they “wish Geeta well”.
Geeta, who was received by the Indian and Pakistani high ranking officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, was flown in aboard Pakistan International Airlines flight 272 at 10.30 a.m. She was accompanied by the members of the Edhi Foundation.
She is to be re-united with her family in India after her DNA test.
Geeta, now in her early 20s, was around 11 years old when she inadvertently strayed into Pakistan.
In 2003, Geeta was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and handed over to the Edhi Foundation. Bilquis Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation, has named her Geeta.