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In yet another instance of living up to the promise she made on Independence Day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday issued a visa to an ailing Pakistani child seeking open heart surgery in India.
"We also pray for her early recovery," she said.
Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 27, 2017
She went on to inform the applicants that their passports have also been dispatched.
India in Pakistan (@IndiainPakistan) September 27, 2017On the occasion of Independence Day, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that India would provide medical visas to all bona fide Pakistani patients.
As ties between the two countries soured over various issues, the ministry announced in May that only a letter of recommendation by then Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz will enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India.
The action was termed "highly regrettable" by Islamabad, which said that asking for a letter from the Foreign Affairs Adviser was "against diplomatic norms" and that "such a requirement has not been prescribed for any other country".
However, on July 18, a patient from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, seeking treatment in New Delhi for a liver tumour, was granted a visa. Sushma Swaraj said that he needed no recommendation from the Pakistan government for a medical visa because the territory is "an integral part of India".