Friday, 24 November, 2017

India to grant medical visas to all needy as Diwali gift

SUSHMA SWARAJ Latest india news Diwali gesture India clears visas for critically ill Pakistanis
Theresa Hayes | 19 October, 2017, 19:38

"The treatment of your child must not suffer for want of medicine".

On August 15, Ministry of External Affairs had announced that India would provide medical visas to all bonafide Pakistani patients. She promised that all pending medical visa applications will be taken care of. After being approached on Twitter by the near and dear of critically-ill patients in Pakistan, Swaraj asked the High Commission of India in Islamabad to issue visas to them. She tweeted to the father of the patient: "We are giving medical visa for the bone marrow transplant surgery of your son in India".

This Diwali special announcement has come just a few days after Sushma Swaraj had directed the Indian High Commission in Pakistan to issue visas for a number of patients. "@ChachaKashif", the minister tweeted on Wednesday. Earlier, the EAM had granted visas to many Pakistani nationals for medical treatment in India and won many hearts for her generous gesture.

Swaraj also responded positively to a request by Nazir Ahmed that his eight-year-old child Mohammad Ahmed is awaiting medical visa for a year.

All deserving cases with medical ailments will be granted visas for their treatment in India said the Minister.

Swaraj has been taking a sympathetic approach in granting medical visas to Pakistani nationals, notwithstanding strain in ties between India and Pakistan over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also extended his wishes on Diwali eve saying "On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I pray for good health, joy, and spiritual wellness to everyone".