No progress, says woman seeking Indian medical attention for husband

Maria's husband Aleem Junejo has been diagnosed with primary cilliary dyskinesia

Humnah Farooqui July 24, 2018

KARACHI: A Pakistani woman campaigning to secure Indian visas for her ailing husband and herself on social media says there is no progress on the account.

Banker Aleem Junejo was being treated at Karachi's Liaquat National Hospital when he developed bronchiectasis and suffered permanent lung damage. Aleem was then counselled to get a lung transplant abroad after. He was ultimately diagnosed with primary cilliary dyskinesia, also known as Kartagener's syndrome.

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The two then applied for an Indian visa in vain with their application being rejected twice. Aleem's wife Maria told The Express Tribune she had first moved an application on June 1. She said the Indian High Commission rejected the application on July 5. Maria, who works at a Karachi school, said they were told that the application could not be processed and encouraged to reapply.

Maria said they applied for a second time the next day. 'It has been over two weeks and there's been no progress.' Maria said she could not fathom why this was the case. "Bangalore police also visited Global Hospital. There was no issue. I then contacted the Indian High Commission via email enquiring the same."

She then received a call from an Indian High Commission official who informed her that visas were not granted to those seeking lung transplants. Later, Maria referred the man to the Bangalore hospital's international patient department.

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Maria, who had been trying to reach Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier, said she had stopped doing so. Her social media campaign, on the other hand, has tasted greater success. Maria told The Express Tribune she had done so to raise awareness about their plight.

Supporters have been continuously posting about the couple's ordeal in order to get Aleem his medical visa.

Maria said the couple were striving to proceed to India as healthcare was more affordable there. "In India, the surgery costs PKR8 million. Similar procedures cost upwards PKR40 and PKR100 million in China and the West respectively."

While Aleem's condition is stable for now, the gravity of the situation cannot be understated. "He is on oxygen continuously. His condition has also impacted his heart, causing it to increase in size. Aleem is at increased risk of heart failure."



Harry | 3 years ago | Reply Dear brothers and sisters of Pakistan, The patient has a familial form of ciliopathy, which is an autosomal recessive condition. These condition have 600% higher frequency in children of first cousin marriage and in Pakistanis and Arabs such lethal and often incurable conditions are far more common than kaffirs. Please ignore Hadiths and go back to your ancestral scriptural wisdom of Indus civilisation that had made marriage even to second and third cousins unlawful and is even nos deemed repugnant among North Indian Kaffirs. Or continue to produce a large number of babies with a variety lethal or severely debilitating inherited diseases.
Shah Alam | 3 years ago | Reply Where is China, Turkey and Ummah now ?. We cannot abuse India and at the same time seek help from them. Why cannot be there peace between these our nations ?
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