With Sushma Swaraj’s help, Pakistani infant arrives in India for treatment

In the face of heightened tensions between the two neighbouring nations, the Indian government had announced that only those medical visa applications that are recommended by Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz would be considered.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 4:08 pm
sushma swaraj, Pakistan child, Pak child treatment, Rohaan, medical visa Rohaan has a hole in his heart and will now be treated at Jaypee Hospital in Noida. (Source: ANI photo)

Four-month-old Pakistani child Rohaan, who is in need of urgent medical attention for a heart ailment, arrived with his parents in India for treatment on Tuesday — all thanks to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention. The Minister, responding to Rohaan’s father Kanwal Saadik’s appeal for help, granted medical visa to the child despite restrictions on the same. In the face of heightened tensions between the two neighbouring nations, the Indian government had announced that only those medical visa applications that are recommended by Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz would be considered.

Expressing gratitude to Swaraj, ANI quoted Saadik as saying: “I appreciate EAM Sushma Swaraj, she helped me a lot.” Rohaan has a hole in his heart and will now be treated at Jaypee Hospital in Noida.

Saadik had recently taken to Twitter to inform Swaraj about his child’s critical condition and that he was not being granted a medical visa owing to the strained relationships between India and Pakistan.

Saadik received a positive response from Swaraj who said the political issues between the two nations will not stand in the way of the child’s treatment and assured him of the medical visa. He had tweeted: “Why my bud suffers for medical treatment!! Any answers Sir Sartaaj Azeez or Ma’am Sushma??” to which the External Affairs Minister had replied, “No. The child will not suffer. Pls contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa.”

Reportedly, paediatric cardiologist Ashutosh Marwah will first treat Rohaan, following which he will undergo a heart surgery that will be carried out by paediatric cardiac surgeon Rajesh Sharma.

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    Critical
    Jun 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    The martyred and disfigured young Kashmiri Police officer Feroze Dar leaves behind two daughters Addah and Simran, aged 6 and 2 who have to grow up without their father. Will Mr.Kanwal Saadik and his likes in stan condemn this evil, disgraceful and cowardly act. Will he offer condolences to Mr.Feroze Dar's family? Twitter can be used for this as well.
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      Critical
      Jun 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm
      We save Rohan and they kill and Disfigure 6 of our policemen. I wonder what the feelings of the children of these 6 martyred policmen is. How could Pakisthani parents appeal to Indian Home Minister. How could we forget greiving over the loss of lives from par ion till date for 7 decades and has not stopped. I am totally in favour and not against helping and saving lives of children, but my heart cries for the slain policmen and their families which also include children. Heartless, ungrateful and Thankless people.
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        RS
        Jun 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm
        Good Job! Ms. Swaraj.
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          s s nair
          Jun 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm
          She failed to save Indian lives.
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            Niladrinath Mohanty
            Jun 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm
            What is your point?
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            rk
            Jun 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm
            This is prime example of hindu way of life...
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              ARUN HEBBARE
              Jun 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm
              While my sympathies are with the parents, I am left a bit disturbed. And that is because, army from stan kills my soldiers, s my country to infiltrate terrorists, rouses unrest in Kashmir who pelt stones on my forces and my pilgrims visiting amarnath. Why cant stan, as a country, use all these wasted efforts in improving health facilities in stan? Why do they need to spend money on war heads instead of hospitals first?
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