India to grant pending medical visas to Pakistani nationals

Published: August 16, 2017
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Sushma Swaraj announcement comes as an ‘Independence Day gift’ for Pakistani patients. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sushma Swaraj announcement comes as an ‘Independence Day gift’ for Pakistani patients. PHOTO: REUTERS

In a goodwill gesture on India’s Independence Day, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced New Delhi will issue medical visas to Pakistani patients whose requests were pending with the Indian government.

India had introduced a condition that medical visas would be issued to Pakistani patients on the recommendation of Sartaj Aziz (former adviser to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif) who has now been named as the deputy chairman of the planning commission by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Sushma had said that “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.”

However, on Tuesday, the Indian minister tweeted that New Delhi would grant medical visas in all bona fide cases pending with the Indian government.

A number of Pakistanis travel to India for medical treatment; several hospitals have reported receiving as many as 500 patients a month, the NDTV reported. However, the medical visa process has slowed down after a military court sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for espionage.

Rohaan Sadiq, a four-month infant from Pakistan who underwent heart surgery in Noida, Delhi recently passed away “due to dehydration”.

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  • Ahmad
    Aug 16, 2017 - 3:57PM

    Thanks to Mam Sushma, Truly Big Heart :) Recommend

  • genesis
    Aug 16, 2017 - 4:49PM

    On health matters politics should not come in the wayRecommend

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