Sushma Swaraj slams Sartaj Aziz over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mom’s visa: MEA reacts after Pakistani national requests medical visa

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed dismay over lack of courtesy shown by her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, who has not even acknowledged her personal letter requesting for a Pakistani visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother.

However, she assured Aziz that any Pakistani national seeking a medical visa to travel to India with his recommendation will be given the visa immediately.

She said a visa application was pending for Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan.

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

Jadhav, 46, was allegedly arrested by Pakistan on spying charges from the restive Balochistan province in 2016. He has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Swaraj's tweets come in the background of a request made by a Pakistani woman to the external affairs minister asking for her help in getting an Indian visa after her visa application was reportedly rejected by the Indian embassy. Faiza Tanveer, 25, is suffering from a recurrent ameloblastoma, an oral tumour which is aggressive in nature. She planned to visit the Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital (IDCH) in Ghaziabad and paid Rs 10 lakh in advance for treatment, according to a Pakistani media report.


But the Indian High Commission in Islamabad rejected her medical visa application, the report said. Tanveer's mother claimed that her application was rejected because of deteriorating ties between the two countries. That forced Tanveer to take to social media to move Indian authorities.

Swaraj seems to allude to the woman's case as she put out a series of tweets seemingly aimed at Aziz:

Tanveer in several tweets over the past couple of days had urged Swaraj to intervene. She had also posted her photo and a video that showed her tumour. In one of the tweets, she said, "Please help me save my life mam plz (sic)," and tagged Swaraj in the tweet. In another tweet, Tanveer said, "Sushma g please help me (sic)."


Published Date: Jul 10, 2017 11:34 am | Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 11:34 am


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