India assures medical visa to another Pakistani national

Pakistani seeking to donate kidney to fellow Pakistani undergoing treatment at Delhi hospital

News Desk November 18, 2017
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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