Visa rules don't apply in PoK, it is part of India: Sushma Swaraj
Pakistan occupied Kashmir is an integral part of the India and Pakistan has illegally occupied it, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. India had announced that no Pakistan national will be issued a medical visa without a recommendation from de facto foreign minister (Pakistan) Sartaj Aziz.
Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday that India had decided to issue a visa to an ailing PoK resident even though he did not have a letter from Aziz. This was done because the government considered PoK to be an integral part of India.
Osama Ali, a 24-year old resident of Rawalkot, has been diagnosed with a tumour in his liver, for which his family has sought treatment in Delhi. "PoK is an integral part of India. Pakistan has illegally occupied it. We are giving him visa. No letter required," Swaraj tweeted.
The minister had last week said that Pakistan nationals have to get a letter from Aziz in order to avail medical treatment in India. She assured Aziz that any Pakistan national seeking a medical visa for India with his recommendation would be given one immediately.