Indian minister Sushma Swaraj shows heart for Pakistani baby Rouhaan's heart

Published: August 29, 2017
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Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj  and Baby Rouhaan. PHOTO: File/Twitter

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Baby Rouhaan. PHOTO: File/Twitter

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has issued a visa to a Pakistani infant, Rouhaan, for the treatment of his heart disease in India.

The move came after many Pakistani Twitter users ran a campaign asking Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to grant the baby boy a visa so that he could be treated in India – a request to which she acquiesced  on Tuesday.

India to grant pending medical visas to Pakistani nationals

Rouhaan’s mother had sought help to save her baby with a touching message.

Later, other Twitter users also appealed to the Indian minister to help save little Rouhaan.

Swaraj’s kindness was appreciated on both sides of the border.

Earlier this year, India had imposed a condition that visas will only be issued to Pakistani patients on the recommendation of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

The Foreign Office spokesperson had responded that the restrictions placed by India on medical visas were “against diplomatic norms”.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Mohsin
    Aug 29, 2017 - 10:02PM

    Our government is spending billions and billions of rupees on roads but don’t feel the need to make some hospitals where patients of hepatitis and people with heart problems could be treated .Its a shame that we go to India for treatment.Recommend

  • Giri
    Aug 29, 2017 - 10:09PM

    Her kindness has no limits. Great soul.Recommend

  • Javed Afghan
    Aug 29, 2017 - 10:32PM

    She is using these innocents for politics which is a shame. I hope
    She grow up and stop this bad movement. Just issue the visa and don’t announce it. It’s a damn visa after all.Recommend

  • Anuj
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:03PM

    @Javed Afghan ‘just issue the visa…’, sounds very demanding. Medical visa isn’t a birthright, a simple thing you fail to understand. Recommend

  • Gaur
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:05PM

    @Javed Afghan you need to change your tone and show some respect for an aged woman like her, its her choice whether to grant visa or not, so don’t make it sound like you’re entitled to it. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:18PM

    @Javed Afghan – ‘She is using these innocents for politics which is a shame. I hope
    She grow up and stop this bad movement. Just issue the visa and don’t announce it. It’s a damn visa after all.’

    I feel you have yet to grow up. Recommend

  • Mohinder sandhu
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:52PM

    @Javed Afghan:
    DAmn visa?? You have to beg for months to get it.Also learn to appreciate some bodies generosityRecommend

  • ToThePoint
    Aug 30, 2017 - 8:25AM

    this is nothing but petty politics by this Indian government. They have first themselves blocked these medical visas, and now they are issuing them to gain political mileage. Shameful.Recommend

  • Zafar
    Aug 30, 2017 - 8:39AM

    Playing politics on humanitarian issues. What about showing the same generosity with Kashmiris and releasing Pakistani fishermen languishing in Indian jails since long.Recommend

  • Nomi
    Aug 30, 2017 - 10:22AM

    Much appreciated & many Thanks to the Indian Foreign Minister @ Sushma Jee. It’s her gratitude to issue visa to the needy ones.
    Allah Bless you !
    Love from Islamabad.Recommend

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