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After Jadhav's mother denied visa, Swaraj says won't bar Pakistani patients

Sushma Swaraj said the Indian authorities would continue issuing medical visas to Pakistanis

IANS  |  New Delhi 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister on Monday denied that was rejecting medical visa applications of Pakistanis and asked Pakistan's top diplomat to respond to her letter seeking travel permission for the mother of alleged Indian spy Kulbushan who is on a death row in that country.

In a series of tweets, the minister said Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Foreign Affairs Advisor, should not hesitate to write recommendation for Pakistanis seeking medical treatment in

The remarks come amid media reports in that the Indian Embassy in Islamabad had rejected the medical visa application of a 25-year-old Pakistani tumour patient who was to travel to for treatment.

Faiza Tanveer had sought Sushma Swaraj's intervention and help to "save my life".

said the Indian authorities would continue issuing visas but with Aziz's recommendation to Pakistanis who seek medical care in

"I assure nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Sartaj Aziz, we will issue the visa immediately. I have my sympathies for all nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India," the Minister said.

asked Aziz to recommend for those who need medical visa.

"I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country. I am sure also has consideration for the nationals of his country."

The Minister also raised the issue of and said she had personally written to Aziz regarding the visa to Avantika who wanted to meet her son, who has been kept at an unknown military prison.

"We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national, Avantika who wants to meet her son in Pakistan, against whom they have pronounced a death sentence," said.

"I wrote a personal letter to for the grant of her visa to However, Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter," she said.

Jadhav's death sentence by a Pakistani military court has been stayed by the International Court of Justice.

alleges that the former Indian Navy officer was spying and involved in subversive activities at the behest of India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) -- a charge has denied.

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First Published: Mon, July 10 2017. 13:11 IST
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