Medical visa only on Sartaz Aziz’s recommendation: India to Pakistan

India's decision to impose the condition on medical visas for Pakistani nationals comes in the backdrop of growing tension in Indo-Pak ties due to the retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav episode

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2017 10:07 pm
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Only a letter of recommendation by Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz will enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India, the External Affairs Ministry said today, a condition reflective of the strained ties between the two neighbours.

Though MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay termed as “baseless” reports that India has stopped giving medical visas to Pakistani citizens, he made it clear that only a recommendation letter by Aziz will be cleared “immediately”.

“We have suggested that their Foreign Minister or Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaz Aziz give a recommendation letter and it will be cleared immediately, without any delay,” he said, adding the insistence on a recommendation letter would enable to ascertain that the requests received from Pakistan are genuine.

He also referred to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj herself receiving these requests on social media and on emails.

It is difficult to ascertain authenticity of such requests, he added. He also asserted that “in previous years, thousands of medical visas have been issued to Pakistani citizens to come to India and benefit from the health facilities here.”

India’s decision to impose the condition on medical visas for Pakistani nationals comes in the backdrop of growing tension in Indo-Pak ties due to the retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav episode and the recent beheading of two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan army regulars.

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  1. Vinayak Upadhyaya
    May 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm
    Why visas to stanis on medical ground when they are beheading our solders .
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    1. Gopal Sriniwasan
      May 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm
      The so-called People to People Contact was an initiative of the previous UPA Government with the Bollywood in tow which in effect was literally mocking at the Jawan guarding the frontiers.Movies like Main Hoon Na rubbed salt on the wound of the jawan.The Jawan or the Armed Personnel standing at the frontiers was confused and not knowing what was he defending when every day a soldier was getting killed or wounded and here was the Civil society discussing J&K problem over Scotch, Shayari and Kababs. Glad PM Mody stopped this nonsense and took a stand that no dialogue till peace prevails
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