Indian visas to Pakistani patients to be issued on Sartaj Aziz's recommendation: Swaraj

Published: July 10, 2017
Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. PHOTO: REUTERS

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

She further assured Pakistani nationals of an immediate visa once the adviser issued a recommendation.

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

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.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (14)

  • Ayesha M
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:07PM

    SO we know who faults now. Sartaj answer.Recommend

  • Ayesha M
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:12PM

    She really keeps everyone on toes. competent lady.Recommend

  • Arun
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:13PM

    I see no issues…the ball is in Pakistan courtRecommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:15PM

    Mr sartraz please issue letter to the poor patients.Recommend

  • sateesh
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:16PM

    you are absolutely right sushma ji
    They should have courtesy Recommend

  • AD
    Jul 10, 2017 - 12:42PM

    Pakistani citizen are suffering , but Pak Govt sleeping. Citizen are at Mercy of India, while politicians enjoying CPEC.Soon China will build world class hospital in Pakistan with Chinese doctors and Chinese nurses, Chinese medicines and in case of emergency they would be referred to Hong Kong.Recommend

  • Nav
    Jul 10, 2017 - 1:14PM

    Hizbul Mujahideen and it’s chief has been designated as terrorists by US. So, all the workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen will become terrorists for the American companies.

    So, I think it is correct according to the policy of their country.Recommend

  • TSS
    Jul 10, 2017 - 1:20PM

    Pathetic attitude from India ! You can’t and should not compare a patient with a self-confessed spy ! Medical treatment is allowed even to the wounded soldiers during war-time.

    Medical treatment and visas for the same should never be linked and have any lame pre requisites like the one requested by Ms. Sushma Swaraj !Recommend

  • Troubled
    Jul 10, 2017 - 1:24PM

    Well played madamRecommend

  • Venki
    Jul 10, 2017 - 2:39PM

    Satraj cant even endorse for his citizens, but Sushma swaraj has to give the visa based on one tweet. What an irony and narrow minded people arguing here. Jadhav’s Mother is not allowed to visit his son, but you want to come to India for treatment without any letter from your inhuman Foreign Minister. Go and get it in China, They may provide free treatment because of your iron friendship.Recommend

  • MS
    Jul 10, 2017 - 7:53PM

    Before recommendation Mr. Aziz must seek advice of Pakistani cancer specialists. Why Pakistanis go to India when we have best facilities in Pakistan. Indian is playing politics but Pakistan must stick to professionals recommendations. Recommend

  • Iqra Sana
    Jul 11, 2017 - 8:49AM

    We do have better cancer specialists and dentists (I am the future dentist OMG, when will that time come) but the treatment in Pakistan like other parts of the world is quite expensive ..So the ppl from other parts of the world move to India where cancer treatment is very cheap (Inexpensive) and Pakistanis are moving too
    We should have free treatments in Pakistan tooRecommend

  • Sana
    Jul 11, 2017 - 8:53AM

    I used to think in my childhood that when i will become a doctor i will have my free treatment clinic ..I dont think i will do that now..Maybe i wont have time to handle an evening clinic but maxillofacial surgeries are quite expensive May Allah show me the right path AmeenRecommend

  • Utpal
    Jul 11, 2017 - 9:05AM

    Respected Sushma ji, Stil as an Indian I shall request to issue her medical Visa, as it is a question of life and death. It is clear that Mr.Aziz is lacking of human quality and he has no compulsion for a Pakistani national too, but India is always with the people around the world who needs her help.

More in Pakistan