EAM Sushma Swaraj Blames Sartaj Aziz For Blocking Pakistanis Seeking Medical Visa To India

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| July 10 , 2017 , 12:11 IST

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is legendary for her social media presence and for her swift response to SOS calls, whether from Indians trapped abroad or for foreign nationals wanting to come to India. 

Being unable to grant visas to Pakistani nationals seeking medical treatment in India, Swaraj took to Twitter to slam Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz for not giving the required clearance so as to process the medical visa.

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"I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. I am sure Mr.Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals. I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country," Swaraj tweeted.

"We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs.Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan against whom they have pronounced a death sentence. I wrote a personal letter to Mr.Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr.Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter. But I assure Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Mr.Sartaj Aziz, we will issue the visa immediately," she wrote.

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In the wake of tense relations between India and Pakistan, most visas between the neighbouring nations have been blocked, although India does allow medical visas to be granted to Pakistanis in need.

A 25-year-old Pakistani woman Faiza Tanveer suffering from an aggressive oral tumour sought Swaraj's help directly when she could not get visa for her treatment in a Ghaziabad hospital despite having paid Rs 10 lakh in advance. But Swaraj was helpless as the visas were not being cleared from the end of Pakistan.