Sushma Swaraj’s Diwali Gift To Pakistan: India Grants All Pending Deserving Medical Visas

| October 19 , 2017 , 12:58 IST

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for being a saviour to those abroad who wish to come to India, whether they are Indians trapped abroad, or foreigners seeking to come to India.

In the wake of strained ties between India and Pakistan, all visas except for medical visas were suspended and even medical visas are being granted after scrutiny, however, on the occasion of Diwali, Sushma Swaraj has announced that all those deserving medical cases whose visas to India are pending, will be granted the visas.

In a tweet, Swaraj wrote: “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical Visa in all deserving cases pending today.”

A Pakistani woman, Amna Shamin had reached out requesting a visa to visit her father who was already undergoing treatment in Delhi, to which Swaraj responded, "Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will allow this."

In another case, Kashif the father of a child named Abdullah had requested Swaraj to grant a medical visa for the treatment of the boy who need post-liver transplant evaluation in India. Kashif said that the child’s medications were almost finished and they needed immediate medical consultation in India.

"The treatment of your child must not suffer for want of medicine. I have asked Indian High Commission to issue medical visa," Swaraj had responded on Wednesday.

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 A medical visa was also granted for a Pakistani woman who wanted to undergo liver surgery in India after her son Rafique Memon requested for Swaraj’s intervention into the matter to grant the medical visa to his mother.

Nazir Ahmed who had been waiting for a medical visa for a year for the treatment of his 8-year-old son Mohammad Ahmed, was also granted the visa.

"We will issue visa to facilitate treatment of your 8-year-old child in India," said Swaraj.

Although the tensions between India and Pakistan have seen no signs of reducing, Swaraj has taken a more sympathetic approach in granting medical visas to Pakistani nationals seeking treatment in India.