Diwali gift: India vows to grant medical visa in all deserving case

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali India will grant 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 reportedly said, “Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will allow this.”

“On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases pending today,” Swaraj tweeted.

She had directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India, media reports said.

The child’s father, Kashif, had requested Swaraj on Twitter to grant 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 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 reportedly 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 visa to his mother.

Swaraj also reportedly 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 was quoted as saying.

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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