New Delhi: Due to the attack on Indian soldiers and their mutilation, 50 students who were invited in the country by an Indian NGO on May 1, were sent back to Pakistan on Wednesday.
According to a news report by DC, “the ministry advised the NGO that it was not an appropriate time for such exchanges after we learnt that the children had crossed over to India on May 1,” Gopal Baglay, a spokesperson of the MEA, said.
A Delhi-based NGO, Routes2Roots, had invited 50 students for their program ‘Exchange for Change’. They were supposed to visit Agra for a day trip on Wednesday and participate in an exchange of experiences with Indian students on Thursday at the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi.
The NGO showed regret over the situation od sending the children and their teachers back to Lahore.
“Around 50 students aged between 11-15 years old from Pakistan along with their teachers arrived in Delhi on May 1 and were supposed to meet their Indian pen friends and hosts of other programs which had to be cut short. Keeping in view the security and sentiments of fellow Indians the delegation has been sent back to Lahore safely,” Rakesh Gupta and Tina Vachani, founders of Routes2Roots, said in a statement