Sushma Swaraj responds to Pakistani father’s appeal, offers medical visa to his son suffering from heart ailment

In a humanitarian move, Sushma Swaraj offered medical visa to the infant who has a hole in his heart and will now be treated in Jaypee Hospital situated in Noida. Rohaan's father, Kanwal Saadik, appealed to Sushma Swaraj for help on twitter.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 10:49 am
Sushma Swaraj, rohaan, pakistani child, four-month-old child, indian medical visa External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (Source: PTI Photo/File)

In her latest humanitarian gesture, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has come to the aid of a four-month-old Pakistani child, Rohaan, who needs urgent medical attention. Responding to the appeal of Rohaan’s father, who is from Lahore, Swaraj has offered a medical visa to the infant who has a hole in his heart and will now be treated in Jaypee Hospital situated in Noida. The move comes a month after the Indian government declared that only those medical visa applications will be considered that have a recommendation from Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz.

The parents of the four-month-old child were not being granted a medical visa owing to the strained relationships between the neighbouring nations. Rohaan’s father, Kanwal Saadik, appealed to Swaraj for help on Twitter, informing her about the child’s critical condition that required immediate attention.

A desperate Saadik received a positive response from the Indian External Affairs Minister who said the political issues between the nations will not stand in the way of the child’s treatment and assured him of the medical visa.

Rohaan,  who will arrive in India on Monday, has also been welcomed by the hospital authorities who will ensure that their little patient is treated well.  “Keeping aside the tensions between the two countries, the minister did a noble act of thinking about the child’s health. We welcome the baby and family and are pleased to know that with our expert doctors and world class services that we provide, we are able to build trust for us in people across nations,” Jaypee Hospital CEO Manoj Luthra said.

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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    Mahalingam Munivenkatappa Challa
    Jun 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    We treat them on humanitarian grounds whereas they bounce back as terrorists.
  2. A
    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    I think we must appreciate these gestures and our foreign minister should have powers to approve these visits. The kid has done nothing wrong and we should not ume that all stanis are wicked. Someone has to make efforts to bring people closer. Let's welcome the little kid into our country.
  3. D
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    This tweet based councillor service is no longer cute. You are a Foreign Minister not someone who plays with social Media. Looks like Modiji does the travel and heavy lifting foreign policy and you do the aunty services. Terrible downgrading of the MOFA. While it is good that you are helping a child in stan how about those in India who are not having access to medical help ? Looks like you wake up everyday to a tweet and decide which can be a cute story and then the papers just pick it up and entertain us. Give us foreign policy not councillor services.
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    mimi sur
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Soon this kid will grow into a Islamic terrorist and spit venom against India and particularly Hindus. This is the genetic and cultural thing among Muslims, particularly stanis . Don't know why do we help such people. Only Susma will be responsible for this.
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    Manu USA
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    It's good to help. But, when our soldiers r dying and losing their heads. Where is humanity, when a child loses father, and children loses father. stan needs to suffer and realize.
  6. G
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:42 am
    Commend the External AffaIrs Minister Smt.Sushma Swaraj for making this right decision ignoring political rift between India and stan. Humanitarian prin ls are beyond politics. This timely action by Sushmaji in the context of stani Reluctance to help the young patient proves the adage."when they stoop law,we stay high"Best wishes to the young patient for a successful surgery and full recovery.
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    Rabish Kumar
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Hindu fascists are giving medical visa only because Ken Sid is not a true Muslim. If these people were really secular like Bihar poot Lalu Yadav and Desh ki hope Kejriwal, they would have invited all Muslims from all over th world for free stay and treatment in India. Shame to Hindu fascist Modi.
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