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Facebook reunites Kashmiri woman with family after 60 years

Who would’ve thought that social media could lead to the reunion of family members, left apart years ago? Well, nothing can go undone, recently an old woman reunited with her family after 60 years and all thanks to the social networking giant – Facebook.

According to details, 75-year-old Jehan Sultana was forced to marry a man from Charsadda when she was eight years old and had gone missing for 60 years.

Sultana was ‘given away’ in marriage by her grandfather according to a cultural practice. Sometime later she went ‘missing‘ as her family members searched throughout the country but could not find her.

She raised six children, became a widow and moved 1,000 miles away from where her family was located. According to a local report, her brother Inamuddin stated that the family thought Jehan Sultana had died.

Facebook reunites Kashmiri woman with family after 60 years

‘Lower Dir, KPK, Pakistan’ is a Facebook page owned by a resident of the Kandaru village in Lower Dir named Rahimuddin. The man claimed that in November 2016, Sultana’s son Zia-ul-Haq contacted him via a message on Facebook from Indian occupied Kashmir, asking for his mother’s family’s location in Gorkoi Village, Upper Dir.

Rahimuddin set out and at last located Jehan Sultana’s brother. “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.

Sultana spoke to her siblings via a video chat application and passed out upon recognising her siblings. A friend of Rahimuddin’s escorted Sultana from Wagah border to Kandaru. She has six children and all of them are Indian citizens while her husband died back in 1987.

The high commission granted visas to one of Sultana’s sons and one of her daughters. The woman claims that she is overjoyed at meeting her family and had dreamt of this moment all her life.

Her son disclosed that she had married a Kashmiri labourer who was working in Lahore a the time. Hence, she ended up in Indian occupied Kashmir.

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