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India grants medical visa to Pakistani toddler amid tension along border

Rohaan has been in India since June 12. Photograph: (Twitter)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 11, 2017, 03.11 PM (IST)

A four-month-old Pakistani baby with a serious heart problem has been given an Indian visa on humanitarian grounds despite souring relations between the two south-Asian nations.

Rohaan, who has a hole in his heart, will now be treated in Noida, a satellite town near New Delhi, India's capital city.

After finding it tough to get an Indian visa for his son's treatment, given the deteriorating relations between New Delhi and Islamabad, Saadiq sent a distress tweet to Sushma Swaraj, India's foreign affairs minister.

The minister responded to the tweet on May 31, assuring the parent that India would grant a visa for Rohaan's treatment.

Swaraj asked the Rohaan's father to get in touch with the Indian High Commission in Pakistan to get the visa.


About a week-and-a-half later, the toddler has received the medical visa and is scheduled to come to India on Monday.


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