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This was Sushma Swaraj’s generous gesture for Pakistanis on Diwali

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of Diwali, much-admired Union minister Sushma Swaraj said that all those who have pending medical visa applications will be granted the required documentation so they can come to India for treatment.

The external affairs minister did add though that visas will be granted to the truly “deserving” applicants.

Of late, a lot of people from Pakistan have been tweeting Swaraj directly requesting medical visas, even as relations between India and her neighbour remain strained.

Swaraj has not let these tensions come in the way of India’s humanitarian spirit. As long as these Pakistani applicants have the requisite documentation needed from their country – a letter from their Foreign Affairs Chief – Swaraj unhesitatingly grants them visas to come to India for medical purposes.

Along the way, she also ensures she conveys certain messages to the belligerent neighbour.

Most notably, in July, she took the opportunity to blast the then foreign affairs chief of Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz. While explaining why some Pakistanis weren’t granted medical visas – Aziz hadn’t written them the required letter – Swaraj pretty much put the blame on Aziz.

Swaraj said she feels sympathy for those Pakistanis needing medical treatment, and then reminded Aziz that an Indian’s visa application to visit Pakistan was pending with him.

She was talking about the application of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother’s. Jadhav has been sentenced to death by Pakistan for being a “spy”.

Swaraj said just like the letters Aziz must write for the medical visas, she, too, wrote a “personal letter” to him for the grant of Avantika Jadhav’s visa.

“However, Mr. Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter,” she said.

Source : timesofindia



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