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Diwali Gift to Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj grants medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending

To A Request For A Visa By A Pakistani Woman Named Amna Shamin, Whose Father Is Already In Delhi For Treatment And She Wants To Visit Him, Swaraj Said, Please Contact Indian High Commission In Pakistan. We Will Allow This.

PTI | Updated on: 20 Oct 2017, 07:13:02 AM
Diwali Gift: Sushma Swaraj grant medical visa in all deserving cases

New Delhi:

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali India will grant a medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending, as she responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani nationals.

To a request for a visa by a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin, whose father is already in Delhi for treatment and she wants to visit him, Swaraj said, "Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will allow this."

On Wednesday, she had directed the Indian High Commission Islamabadmabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India.

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The child's father, Kashif, had requested Swaraj on Twitter to grant a medical visa for treatment of Abdullah, saying he needed post-liver transplant evaluation in India.

"The treatment of your child must not suffer for want of medicine. I have asked Indian High Commission to issue a medical visa. @ChachaKashif," the minister tweeted yesterday.

Kashif had said the child's medicines were about to finish and he needed immediate medical consultation in India. In another tweet, Swaraj said a medical visa has also been approved for a Pakistani woman, who wants to undergo liver surgery in India.

The woman's son, Rafique Memon, had requested Swaraj to intervene and grant a visa to his mother.

Swaraj also responded positively to a request for a visa by Nazir Ahmed, whose eight-year-old child Mohammad Ahmed was awaiting medical visa for a year.

"We will issue a visa to facilitate treatment of your 8-year-old child in India," she said. Swaraj has been taking a sympathetic approach in granting medical visas to Pakistani nationals, notwithstanding strain in ties between India and Pakistan over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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First Published : 19 Oct 2017, 02:56:33 PM