External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured a medical visa to a Pakistani man to get his father treated in India, but that would be possible only if the case was recommended by country’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz, a PTI report said. The man, Saeed Ayub took to Twitter to present his case saying, “I sold half of my assets 4 (for) my father’s liver transplant from India and now no medical visa for us. Why only common man suffers.”
The minister, who is known for helping all those who approach her on social media replied back saying, “We will give you the visa. Sartaj Aziz Sahib should recommend your case.” She had recently said that only a letter of recommendation by Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz would enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India.
Last month the Ministry of External Affairs had helped an Indian national Uzma Ahmed return to the country from Pakistan. She was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gun-point. Her return was made possible after the Islamabad High Court ordered the police to escort her to the Wagah Border.
Soon after her return, Sushma Swaraj welcomed her back to the country and called her ‘India’s daughter’. An emotional Uzma fought back her tears at a press conference, while narrating her ordeal in the neighbouring country. She was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “It’s easy to go to Pakistan, but tough to return. Pakistan is a ‘well of death’. Even those who go there after arranged marriage are crying.”
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Uzma also spoke about domestic violence meted out by her husband Tahir Ali, “They have tortured me in many ways, threatened to kidnap my daughter. So I agreed to marry him to save my daughter. He used to beat me up. Because of my daughter I signed it, they scared me so much that I signed,” said Uzma at the press conference. She added that ‘Buner’, where Tahir, the Pakistani man who took her after marrying at gunpoint, was like a “Taliban-controlled” region. She further said had she stayed there for a few more days she would have been dead. Speaking to media persons, Uzma broke down several times while while speaking about he days in Pakistan.