India issues visa to ailing Pakistani children, family

India issues visa to ailing Pakistani children, family

India issued medical visas to five Pakistani nationals and their families in the last two days, continuing its role as a good Samaritan.

According to details shared by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter, two children and their family members are among those who received a visa for urgent medical treatment at Indian hospitals.

One of them is nine-year-old Maria Danish, who  will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at the Artemis hospital in Gurugram. The second  child is five-year-old Nabeeha Rashid, who will be undergoing an open heart surgery at the Jaypee Hospital in Noida.

Two of the three other cases are for a liver transplant, while the third person would be visiting her hospital to address a bile duct complication post a liver transplant.

All of these cases were decided in the last two days on the advice of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan.

On yet another request made through Twitter, Sushma said the High Commission would have to scrutinise the papers to take a decision.

Earlier, Pakistan had accused India of "politicising" humanitarian issues by selectively issuing medical visa to its citizens. "It was not a gesture of compassion but cold-blooded politicking," a Pakistani official had stated.

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