‘Wish You Were Our PM’ Pakistani Woman Tweets Sushma Swaraj After Getting Medical Visa

‘Wish You Were Our PM’ Pakistani Woman Tweets Sushma Swaraj After Getting Medical Visa

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Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is known for her prompt response and helping people who are in distress even if they are not Indian citizens. She has won much affection from people on social media and has made a name for herself. Now, a woman from Pakistan also joins millions of grateful Indians.

Sushma Swaraj helped a Pakistani woman, Hijaab Asif in getting a medical visa to India. She acted promptly and directed the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale to take up her request. 

Minutes after Swaraj’s tweet to Bambawale, the Indian mission tweeted that it was in touch with the applicant.

“Ma’am, we are in touch with the applicant. Rest assured we will follow it up,” the Indian High Commission said in a tweet.

Asif is so touched by Swaraj’s prompt response said that Pakistan would have changed had she been the prime minister of her country.

A few weeks back, the External Affairs minister said that Pakistani nationals seeking visas for medical treatment in India must accompany their visa applications with a recommendation letter by Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz.

“Dear ma’am, spoke to DHC (Deputy High Commissioner) in Islamabad, told the patient’s current condition and he said it’s all up to you. If you allow,” Asif had tweeted earlier. The patient is suffering from serious liver ailment and needs urgent treatment in India, she said.

Sushma Swaraj had also taken a dig at Mr Aziz, asking if he refused to provide a letter in "such a serious case".

Many Pakistani nationals travel to India for medical treatment. According to a report, Indian hospitals like Apollo in Delhi receive as many as 500 patients from Pakistan every month.

After Pakistani Court announced death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav over allegations of espionage, the medical visa process seems to have slowed down.

Earlier this month, Sushma helped Osama Ali, a man from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), who wanted a visa to Delhi to get his liver tumour treated. However, Pakistan's foreign ministry adviser Sartaj Aziz refused to write to the Indian High Commission about his plea.

Replying to this, Sushma said that being a resident of PoK, which also belongs to India, he did not need any letter from Pakistan. 

Ma’am, we are very honored to have you as an External affairs minister of India. 

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