Sushma gifts medical visas to ill Pakistanis for Diwali

Ivan Schwartz
October 21, 2017

She commented on a positive response to such requests made by Pakistani nationals.

In a major humanitarian move and a Diwali gift to the people of Pakistan, India has chose to grant medical visas "in all deserving cases" to those desperately ill Pakistanis needing urgent treatment in India and whose visa applications were pending till Diwali-eve. "We will allow this".

Several critically ill patients and their relatives keep contacting Sushma Swaraj through twitter for getting medical visas for treatment. From her official Twitter handle, Swaraj posted: "On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical Visa in all deserving cases pending today".

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This Diwali special announcement has come just a few days after Sushma Swaraj had directed the Indian High Commission in Pakistan to issue visas for a number of patients. 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. Kashif said that the child's medicines are about to end and he needs instant medical advice in India. Earlier, the EAM had granted visas to many Pakistani nationals for medical treatment in India and won many hearts for her generous gesture.

Of late, a lot of people from Pakistan have been tweeting Swaraj directly requesting medical visas, even as relations between India and her neighbour remain strained. Swaraj said just like the letters Aziz must write for the medical visas, she, too, wrote a "personal letter" to him for the grant of Avantika Jadhav's visa.

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