No such place as ‘Indian-occupied Kashmir', Swaraj schools distressed student who sought her help
A student from Jammu and Kashmir was schooled by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday after he asked for help from the Philippines.
Sheikh Ateeq, who tweets from his @SAteEQ019, had requested Swaraj to help him with getting a new passport and said he needed to get back to his "home, India" as his health was deteriorating.
"I am from J&K doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged I applied for new one 1 month ago I request u pls help me to get it as i literally need to go home for medical checkup (sic)," Ateeq tweeted.
Swaraj responded to Ateeq saying she would have helped him if he belonged to the state of Jammu and Kashmir but his profile said "Indian occupied Kashmir".
"If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from 'Indian occupied Kashmir'. There is no place like that," Swaraj tweeted.
Following the minister's tweet, the student changed his profile and corrected the description of the place he belongs to. Swaraj went on to acknowledged the student's action and directed the Indian Embassy in Manila to assist. "I am happy you have corrected the profile.
Jaideep - He is an Indian national from J&K. Pls help him," the minister tweeted.
"I am happy you have corrected the profile. Jaideep - He is an Indian national from J&K. Pls help him (sic)," the minister tweeted.
Both of Swaraj's tweets have been shared over 5,000 times and have been liked by nearly 10,000 people.