NEW DELHI: India has assured a medical visa to another Pakistani national who is seeking to donate a kidney to a fellow national undergoing treatment at a hospital in New Delhi, NDTV reported on Saturday.
“Pls don’t worry. I am asking Indian High Commission to give visa for the second donor,” Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted in response to a request from a Pakistani national, Faiza Malik, who said that her nephew Faraz Malik was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 17, 2017
Faiza Malik said that doctors rejected the previous donor and now a visa was required for the new donor, Abdul Razzaq.
On Independence Day, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had announced that India would provide medical visas to all bonafide Pakistani patients.
As ties between the two countries soured over various issues, the ministry had announced in May that only a letter of recommendation by then Pakistan PM’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz would enable Pakistani nationals to get a medical visa for India.
Sushma Swaraj then said that he needed no recommendation from the Pakistani government for a medical visa because the territory “is an integral part of India”.