India assures medical visa to another Pakistani national

Published: November 18, 2017
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The Pakistani is seeking to donate a kidney to fellow Pakistani, who is undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital. PHOTO: FILE

The Pakistani is seeking to donate a kidney to fellow Pakistani, who is undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital. PHOTO: FILE

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured a medical visa to another Pakistani national who wants to donate a kidney to a fellow national undergoing treatment at a hospital in New Delhi, said a Hindustan Times report.

Pakistan slams India for playing politics over medical visas

“Pls don’t worry. I am asking Indian High Commission to give visa for the second donor,” Swaraj tweeted in response to a request from one Faiza Malik, who said her nephew Faraz Malik was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital.

According to Malik, the doctors had rejected the previous donor and now a visa was required for another donor Abdul Razzaq.

Ties between Pakistan and India soured when Swaraj earlier this year announced that only a letter of recommendation by then Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz would enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India.

The Foreign Office, on November 15, lamented India’s policy of denying medical visas to Pakistani patients and informed reporters that a Pakistani cancer patient, who was snubbed by India, had returned home after a successful surgery in Turkey.

Flanked by Osama Ali Khan, who had to travel to Turkey for liver cancer treatment after India denied him a medical visa, Dr Muhammad Faisal said New Delhi was playing politics over humanitarian issues.

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

“India is continuing to impose a condition on Pakistani patients seeking medical treatment in India that they must possess a reference letter from the foreign minister to be granted a visa,” he told reporters at a press conference.

This story originally appeared on Hindustan Times.

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