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    Monday, 10 July 2017

    Indian visas to Pakistani patients to be issued on Aziz's recommendation: Sushma

    Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that visas will be issued to Pakistani patients on the recommendation of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
    Last week, the Indian Embassy rejected the visa application of Faiza Tanveer, citing deteriorating relations between the two countries as the reason for refusal.
    Tanveer was due to receive treatment at the Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital (IDCH) in Ghaziabad for a recurrent ameloblastoma, a cancerous oral tumour which is aggressive in nature.
    After Tanveer was denied her visa, she appealed to politicians in both countries to help facilitate her application.
    "I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India," Swaraj said in the first of a series of tweets."I am sure Mr. Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country," she said, adding, "I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country."The Indian minister then brought up the visa application of Avantika Jadhav, the mother of Indian spy Kulbashan Jadhav, saying that it was pending in Pakistan.
    "We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs. Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan," she said.Swaraj said that Aziz had not acknowledged a personal letter she wrote to him, asking for Avantika's visa application to be approved so that she may travel to meet her son, who was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism earlier this year."But I assure Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Mr. Sartaj Aziz, we will issue the visa immediately," Swaraj said in her final tweet.
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