New Delhi, Oct. 19: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday announced that India will approve medical visa request of all deserving patients. Keeping her words, Sushma Swaraj asked a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin to contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan to get a visa for visiting her ailing father. Sushma Swaraj has responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani nationals.
“On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases pending today,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. To a request for a visa by 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, Sushma Swaraj had directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India. 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 medical visa. @ChachaKashif,” the External Affairs Minister of India tweeted in response.
In another tweet yesterday, 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. The minister 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 visa to facilitate treatment of your 8- year-old child in India,” she said.
Sushma Swaraj is winning hearts across the border by taking a sympathetic approach in granting medical visas to Pakistani nationals, despite tension between India and Pakistan over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. INDIA.COM