Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said visas will be issued to Pakistani patients on the recommendation of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
In a series of tweets, Swaraj said she sympathised with "those seeking medical visa for their treatment in India", adding that she saw no reason for Sartaj Aziz to "hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country."
Pakistani woman turns to Sushma Swaraj for cancer treatment in India
I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country. /4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
She further assured Pakistani nationals of an immediate visa once the adviser issued a recommendation.
But I assure Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Mr.Sartaj Aziz, we will issue the visa immediately. /9— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
The Indian minister further added she had personally written a letter to Aziz requesting him to grant a visa for the mother of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav who wants to meet her son in prison. However, she said Aziz had not acknowledged the letter she wrote to him. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism earlier this year.
India issues visa to ailing Pakistani kid, family
We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs.Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan /5— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
I wrote a personal letter to Mr.Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. /7— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
However, Mr.Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter. /8— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
Last week, the Indian Embassy rejected the visa application of Faiza Tanveer citing deteriorating relations between the two countries as the reason for refusal. Tanveer was due to receive treatment at the Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital (IDCH) in Ghaziabad for a recurrent ameloblastoma, a cancerous oral tumour which is aggressive in nature. Nonetheless, Akhtar was told by the embassy officials that her daughter could get a medical visa if Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz wrote to Swaraj, requesting for it. Tanveer appealed to politicians in both countries to help facilitate her application.