No letter from Aziz, ailing PoK student appeals for visa to Sushma Swaraj

Osama has been accepted as a patient by a private hospital in Saket in New Delhi. Doctors at the hospital have told him he needs a liver transplant. But the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry has turned down the family’s plea for a letter from Aziz to the Indian High Commission.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2017 4:18 pm
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Diagnosed with a tumour in the liver, a 24-year-old in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir wants to travel to New Delhi for treatment but is unable to make the journey because Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, will not write a letter to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad that the youth be granted a medical emergency visa.

Rawalakot resident Osama Ali’s family is appealing to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to revoke the requirement of a letter from Aziz for a medical emergency visa.

On July 10, Swaraj had made such a letter conditional for these visas. She had also slammed Aziz for “not showing the courtesy even to acknowledge” her letter on a visa for the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on the charge of spying.

Osama has been accepted as a patient by a private hospital in Saket in New Delhi. Doctors at the hospital have told him he needs a liver transplant. But the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry has turned down the family’s plea for a letter from Aziz to the Indian High Commission.

Osama’s father Javed Naz Khan, a lawyer in Rawalakot and a worker of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), said he has no means to get his son treated in Europe or elsewhere. “It’s least expensive in India. I am the unfortunate father who is not able to provide treatment to his son,” he said over phone, breaking down as he narrated how his son was losing weight rapidly.

Khan said he had appealed to Aziz through PoK President Masood Khan. “But the Foreign Ministry said it was not the policy for Aziz Sahib to write the letter. The practice is for the Secretary in charge of the South Asia desk to write a letter, but we have learnt that the Indian High Commission has rejected some visas with these recommendations,” he said.

“I appeal to India to give a medical visa to my son without the letter,” Khan said.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay directed The Indian Express to a series of tweets by Swaraj on July 10 in which she said “all that we require is his (Aziz’s) recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals”.

In the tweets, Swaraj also referred to the visa application of Avantika Jadhav, who wants to visit Pakistan to meet her son Kulbhushan Jadhav. “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.”

Swaraj expressed “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. I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country.”

India has always been generous with visas to Pakistani patients seeking treatment in India, and has never shut down this humanitarian window even in the worst of times in bilateral relations.

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    Kapil Dev Suri
    Jul 20, 2017 at 11:04 am
    pakistani gout is butcher . They have no sense of humanity . they are even playing with the life of their citizen . IT IS MILITARY AND PAKISTAN WHO NOURISHED TERRORIST TO KILL INDIANS . IF THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH THE LIFE OF THEIR CITIZEN . I APPEAL TO INDIAN LEADING HOSPITAL TO INVITE THE PAKISTAN PATIENT AND TREAT FREE OF COST TREATMENT TO SLAP ON PAKISTAN FACE . I ALSO APPEAL TO PAKISTAN PEOPLE TO REVOLT AGAINST PAK MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR TERRORISM. I APPRECIATE SUSHMA JI WHO ALWAYS HELP THE NEEDY .
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      Ivan
      Jul 20, 2017 at 5:52 am
      What shameless cowards the Pak establishment is made off. It is a life threatening matter, Sartaj Aziz should just sign off.
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        pramod pagar
        Jul 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm
        This Condition should not be applicable to resident of POK, as we consider it as our territory
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          Pinnamaneni Subhash Rayudu
          Jul 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm
          We should help this guy as earlier and later think of the consequences
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            Nav
            Jul 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm
            Madam , this is the time to tell Pakistani citizens the difference between our country and their Pakistan ... we must give visa for the medical treatment , humanity and generosity should not be bound between borders , its their policy to hurt Indians but not India's , this is a time to give message to residents of POK that they still mean a lot to India which of course is our integral part ... though a small gesture but will leave a message across the world of our sensitivity and Pakistan's insensitivity towards people !! Jai hind
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              Ramanathan Gopalan
              Jul 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm
              You all sure about the photo in this article? Don't you see a resemblance? Or is it just me?
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                Pinnamaneni Subhash Rayudu
                Jul 20, 2017 at 1:01 am
                He looks a lot like so many guys in Hyderabad
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                Ruma
                Jul 19, 2017 at 11:25 am
                An innocent Life shall be given medical aid, irrespective of tensed bilateral relationship. I believe our MEA will have a considerate outlook.
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                  Followthetruth
                  Jul 19, 2017 at 10:41 am
                  I am against killing n violence. But Pakistan is obviously an exception. When u choose to stay in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, trust their treatment. N educate ur children so they become doctors .. don't give them weapons to kill us. What goes around comes around.
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