Requested visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, Sartaj Aziz didn't even acknowledge it: Sushma Swaraj
Last week, Pakistani media reported that the Indian embassy in Pakistan rejected the visa application of a woman suffering from cancer for her treatment in India. Photograph: (Getty)
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, in a series of tweets, hit out at Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz for not acknowledging a visa request for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother.
She, however, added that any Pakistani national asking for a medical visa would be granted one immediately if Sartaj Aziz recommended it.
Swaraj's tweets come after Pakistani media last week reported that the Indian embassy in Pakistan rejected the visa application of a woman suffering from cancer for her treatment in India.
Faiza Tanveer, in a series of tweets, had urged Swaraj to intervene.
Swaraj said she sympathised with Pakistani nationals seeking medical visa and that all it required was a “recommendation” from Aziz.
She added, “I am sure Mr. Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country.”
She then wrote that India, too, had a visa application pending for Mrs Avantika Jadhav, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother.
Swaraj added that she had written a letter to Aziz requesting a visa for Mrs Jadhav, but he didn’t even show the courtesy to acknowledge her letter.
“We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs.Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan against whom they have pronounced a death sentence. 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 wrote.
I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
I am sure Mr.Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017
I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country. /4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2017