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‘No place like Indian occupied Kashmir’

New Delhi, May 10: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is just a tweet away for people in need, on Thursday questioned the origin of a youth from Jammu and Kashmir studying in the Philippines whose twitter profile said he is from “Indian occupied Kashmir” before assuring all help. “If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’. There is no place like that,” the Minister tweeted in reply to Sheikh Ateeq who said he urgently needed a new passport to return to India for a medical check-up.
Moments later, Ateeq corrected the location on his Twitter bio to “Jammu and Kashmir/ Manila”, which prompted the minister to immediately direct the Indian Embassy in Manila to extend all support. “I am happy you have corrected the profile,” she said, and asking the Indian mission to help Ateeq, who is pursuing a medical course in the country.
Though the minister was quick to help the youth after he changed his address on the Twitter profile, Ateeq’s profile is no more visible – probably deleted by him. However, it created quite a buzz among the Twitterati who shared Sushma Swaraj’s tweet 7,000 times while some 16,000 people like it. (IANS)
 

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