Sushma Swaraj asks Indian mission in Pakistan to grant visa to woman

Sushma Swaraj's intervention came after Sadia, the ailing woman's daughter, requested Swaraj for grant of a visa to her mother.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2017 2:31 am

In yet another humanitarian gesture, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asked the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to grant a visa to a Pakistani woman for a liver transplant in India. Her intervention came after Sadia, the ailing woman’s daughter, requested Swaraj for grant of a visa to her mother.

“We will certainly help. I have asked Indian High Commission in Pakistan to issue visa for the liver transplant of your mother. @IndiainPakistan,” Swaraj said in a tweet.

To a request for medical visa by another Pakistani national Nasir Mahmood Ahmed, Swaraj said the Indian mission in Pakistan will examine his papers and send her a report.

Ahmed, in a tweet to Swaraj, said he wants to undergo liver and kidney transplants in India. To a plea by Pakistani national Hira Azhar for a medical visa for her father, Swaraj asked her to contact the Indian Mission in Riyadh in this connection. “Pls contact @IndianEmbRiyadh. We will give medical visa for the liver transplant of your father in India,” Swaraj said on the micro-blogging site.

Earlier, Hira, currently based in Saudi Arabia, had said, “@SushmaSwaraj My dad’s only hope is an urgent liver transplant. We are Pakistanis in KSA and waiting for the visa to India. Please help.”

Swaraj has been adopting a humanitarian approach in granting visas to Pakistani nationals on medical ground notwithstanding strain in relationship between the two countries over a host of sticky issues, including cross-border terrorism.

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  1. S
    Samrat Chandra
    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Someone in the newsrooms admires Sushmaji a lot.Little snippets of goodwill initiatives are feted as if these have never been taken under previous governments.Sushmaji is the biggest failure of the present regime. During her time, Russia was so aghast at Indian kowtowing to the Americans, that they held military exercises with Pakistan and are selling them military hardware. The Russians have been our trusted allies through thick and thin. So why they suddenly became less important is opaque. India suddenly warms up to US.But it's shying away from asking it's new found partner hard questions like keeping lndians out of the ambit of Trump's visa restrictions. And when it comes to Pakistan, we don't even know whether to talk to them or not. Indian foreign policy under Sushmaji has lost all sense of direction.
    1. M
      Nov 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm
      Hmmm,poor Sushmaji, she is doing obly the job of a regional passport officer.