Humanitarian gesture: India gives medical visa to another Pakistani patient
“Amna — We have approved medical visa for your father Mr. Shamim Ahmed,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted in response to a request from one Amna Shamim through the Twitter handle of Karachi’s Muhammad Talha.
Mr. Shamim also posted a reference letter dated October 9 from a doctor in Sri Ganga Ram Hospital who stated that the patient was being considered for a liver transplant.
As ties between the two countries soured over various issues, the ministry had announced in May that only a letter of recommendation by then Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz would enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India.
The action was termed “highly regrettable” by Islamabad, which said that asking for such a letter violated diplomatic norms and such a requirement had not been prescribed for any other country.
Since August 15, however, Pakistani nationals seeking medical treatment have not been denied visas.
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