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Sushma Swaraj grants medical visas to two Pak nationals for liver transplant


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced two Pakistani nationals will be given visa for undergoing liver transplant surgeries in India.

Sushma Swaraj

The minister said she has asked the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad to give visa to Naseem Akhtar, a Pakistani woman, for her liver transplant surgery in India.

Swaraj's intervention came after Akhtar's son requested for her help.

"I have asked Indian High Commissioner to give visa for your mother's liver transplant surgery in India," the external affairs minister said in a tweet.

Swaraj said another visa was being granted to Pakistani national Shabbir Ahmed Shah who also required a liver transplant surgery.

"We are giving Visa for your father's liver transplant surgery in India," she said on Twitter.

Shah's son Ali Asadullah had earlier requested Swaraj on the social media platform to issue visa to his father for his treatment in India.

Swaraj has been sympathetically considering medical visa applications from scores of Pakistani nationals notwithstanding strain in the relationship between the two countries over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

On Wednesday Swarajhad issued medical visa for a one-year-old Pakistani seeking open heart surgery and a man seeking a liver transplant.


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