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Sushma Swaraj comes to the aid of two Pakistani nationals, grants medical visas for liver transplant

New Delhi: Continuing her humanitarian gesture, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday announced that two Pakistani nationals will be given visa for undergoing liver transplant surgeries in India.

File photo of Sushma Swaraj. Image courtesy: IBN

File photo of Sushma Swaraj. CNN News18

The minister said that she has asked the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad to give visa to Naseem Akhtar, a Pakistani woman, for her liver transplant surgery in India.

Swaraj's intervention came after Akhtars son requested for her help.

"I have asked Indian High Commissioner to give Visa for your mothers liver transplant surgery in India," the external affairs minister said in a tweet.

Swaraj said another visa was being granted to Pakistani national Shabbir Ahmed Shah who also required a liver transplant surgery.

"We are giving Visa for your fathers liver transplant surgery in India," she said on Twitter.

Shahs son Ali Asadullah had earlier requested Swaraj on the social media platform to issue visa to his father for his treatment in India.

Swaraj has been sympathetically considering medical visa applications from scores of Pakistani nationals notwithstanding strain in the relationship between the two countries over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Published Date: Oct 14, 2017 09:19 AM | Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 09:26 AM

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