India's conditions for granting medical visa 'highly regrettable': FO

India only granting medical visas to Pakistanis who have a letter from the foreign affairs adviser


News Desk July 29, 2017
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakara. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistan foreign affairs ministry spokesperson has said the restrictions placed by India on medical visas were "against diplomatic norms".

When asked during a questions/answers session of how the ministry felt about India  placing an "entire onus of non-issuance of visas" on the people of Pakistan, the spokesperson replied that such restrictions were not placed on other countries.

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"It is highly regrettable that India has placed such restrictions on visas for patients who are suffering from serious and terminal illnesses," he noted.

"Asking for a letter from the foreign affairs adviser is against diplomatic norms. Such a requirement has not been prescribed for any other country. We are making suitable alternative arrangements, both within Pakistan as well as in friendly countries," said spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.

India had recently imposed sanctions on Pakistan and said only those who had a formal letter from the foreign affairs adviser would be granted visa for medical purposes. This has led to a rise in cases of Pakistani citizens who need to go through a long and painful process to acquire visas for medical care.

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The issuance came after tensions between the two countries started to grow rapidly, and India stated that Foreign affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz would have to review every applicant before Indian High Commission would issue visas.

COMMENTS (4)

harkol | 4 years ago | Reply It is strange that Pakistan foreign office has an opinion on how India should issue visas!! India has had innumerable attacks by groups within Pakistan and even Pakistani citizens, and it is only natural for it to seek an assurance from top Pakistani officials that the case of particular visa seeker is genuine.
Faisal | 4 years ago | Reply As a proud Pakistani I'm embarrassed our people have to go to India for medical treatment. Do we need to further humiliate ourselves by FO issuing statements like this?
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