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Sushma Swaraj grants medical visa to 7-yr-old girl from Pakistan

The girl will be headed to India for an open heart surgery

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Sushma Swaraj

In yet another instance of living up to the promise she made on Independence Day, External Affairs Minister on Wednesday issued a to an ailing Pakistani child seeking open heart surgery in

"Yes, we are allowing for your 7-year-old daughter's open heart surgery in India," tweeted in response to a request by the girl's mother Nida Shoaib.

"We also pray for her early recovery," she said.

She went on to inform the applicants that their passports have also been dispatched.

On the occasion of Independence Day, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that India would provide medical visas to all bona fide Pakistani patients.

In a tweet on August 15, Sushma Swaraj said: "On the auspicious occasion of India's Independence day, we will grant in all bonafide cases pending with us."

As ties between the two countries soured over various issues, the ministry announced in May that only a letter of recommendation by then Foreign Affairs Advisor will enable a Pakistani to get a 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 government for a because the territory is "an integral part of India".

After her Independence Day statement, Sushma Swaraj ensured the issuance of a medical visa for a Pakistani baby, Rohaan, who was in critical condition, later during the month.

First Published: Wed, September 27 2017. 16:30 IST