Sushama Swaraj: Extra-ordinary humane touch

Sushama Swaraj: Extra-ordinary humane touch

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Late Swaraj brought in an extra-ordinary humane touch in diplomacy as she made herself 'available' to an Indian in distress overseas. The likes of Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh who was sentenced to death in Pakistan over terrorism charge, became her lifetime admirers. "Her death was something I could not believe initially I did not believe that Sushma madam is no more," Ms Kaur told television channels on Wednesday.

Similar was the case with Fauzia Ansari -- the mother of software engineer Hamid Nihal Ansari, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2012 for allegedly entering that country from Afghanistan. Though charged with espionage, Ansari was repatriated on December 18, 2018. Talking to a television channel, Fauzia Ansari also in choked voice has interacted with television journalists shortly after Sushma Swaraj's death.

Swaraj's personal involvement with a committed professional approach was also seen when Late Sushma Swaraj took charge of things and formed a core team to handle the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is in Pakistan custody also on charge of espionage. Vishnu Dutt Sharma, MEA’s legal division head, was asked to work as a bridge between diplomats and lawyers and senior counsel Harish Salve team got into action.

Late Swaraj and Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran (PAI), from beginning had insisted that Jadhav should be given consular access and ultimately that was the point that stuck all along in the legal war at the International Court of Justice. Sushma Swaraj was also in touch with the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav and thus within minutes the verdict came from The Hague on July 17, the former External Affairs Minister had something to cheer about.

She had tweeted: ".....It is a great victory for India. I hope the verdict will provide the much needed solace to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav”.UNI