Cancer hit PoK man requests medical help, Sushma Swaraj says area integral part of India, offers visa

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New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2017 1:30:48 PM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in yet another noteworthy intervention, has offered to provide a man diagnosed with a tumour in the liver an Indian medical emergency visa today.

Sushma Swaraj, Cancer hit PoK man, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, visa to PoK man, Pakistan policies, sushma swaraj helps PoK man, sushma swaraj news, India newsSushma has gone to the extent of saying that the authorities just have to put in the word and the rest would be taken care of by India. (Image: PTI)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in yet another noteworthy intervention, has offered to provide 24-year-old Osama Ali is a resident of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) diagnosed with a tumor in the liver an Indian medical emergency visa. Swaraj, taking on the neighbouring country said, “POK is an integral part of India. Pakistan has illegally occupied it. We are giving him visa. The PoK resident had expressed a wish to travel to New Delhi for treatment, and had requested for a medical visa, ANI reported. This is not the only instance that Sushma has offered to help residents of the neighbouring country who want to avail the modern medical treatment facilities available in India. Taking note of the dire need of Ali, Sushma tweeted, “We are giving him a visa. No letter required.”

However, due to Pakistan policies, the number of people being given medical visas has dwindled as the authorities there have not been willing to recommend their cases. Sushma has gone to the extent of saying that the authorities just have to put in the word and the rest would be taken care of by India. But this has not happened. Ali’s family has appealed to Swaraj to revoke the requirement of a letter from Aziz for a medical emergency visa.
On July 10, Swaraj had reiterated the need for a letter by Pakistan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and expressed dismay over the lack of courtesy shown by her Pakistani counterpart, who she said had not even acknowledged her personal letter requesting for a Pakistani visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother – he is on death row in Pakistan.  Swaraj had assured Aziz that any Pakistani national seeking a medical visa to travel to India with his recommendation would be given one immediately. In a series of tweets, Swaraj had said, “I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals.” She also said a visa application was pending for Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan.

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