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Facebook reconnected ‘missing’ Kashmiri woman with family after 60 years

Facebook reconnected ‘missing’ Kashmiri woman with family after 60 years

Sultana was missing since at age eight years she married off to a man from Charsadda

With the rapid increase in internet availability to the globe, most of us spend a lot of time on social media especially on Facebook. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, some people think using social media is time wasting, but for someone this social media brings their happiness back.

Recently, a 75-year-old Pakistani woman has reconnected with her family after 60 years of complete separation across the border in India.

According to Pakistan’s media reports, Jehan Sultana was of just eight years her grandfather gave her away as swara (cultural practice wherein young girls are forcibly married) in Charsadda, Pakistan. Sultana went missing which could not be traced for over 60 years.

After Sultana disappeared, her family looked for her everywhere but there was no trace of her. They even started believing that she was dead.

During the disappeared time she married again and moved a long distance away, raising six children, three sons and three daughters and she is now a widow.

Fortunately, things took a turn when Rahimuddin, a resident of the Kandaru village who runs a Facebook page with name ‘Lower Dir KPK Pakistan’ received a message from Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Message was sent by Ziaul Haq son of Sultana. In the message, he asked for the assistance so as to find the family of his mother in Gorkoi Village, Upper Dir.

“I tried my level best to find her and was finally able to locate her brother who confirmed that his sister had gone missing decades ago,” said Rahimuddin.

“I am overjoyed at having met my family. I dreamt of this moment for years,” Sultana said.

When asked how they reached India, the woman’s son Ziaul Haq said that she married his Kashmiri father while he was working as a laborer in Lahore.

He said his mother was running a successful small business in Kashmir valley while he was working as a software engineer.

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