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India approves pending medical visas from Pak

India approves pending medical visas from Pak

On the occasion of 71st Independence Day, India will grant medical visa in all "bonafide cases" pending with the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj announced on Tuesday.

"Ma'am, you are like [a] mother to me, please issue me a medical visa ..."

On the occasion of the Independence Day, New Delhi has chose to issue visas to all Pakistanis, who applied for the travel document to undergo medical treatment in India.

On June 13, a four-month-old infant, Rohaan, was also granted an Indian visa to undergo a heart surgery in India's Noida after Sushma interfered in the matter. "Thank you", Tanveer had tweeted earlier on Sunday.

The Indian Medical Visa can be taken for medical treatment in the country.

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Tanveer was due to receive treatment at the Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital (IDCH) in Ghaziabad for a recurrent ameloblastoma, a cancerous oral tumour that is aggressive in nature.

According to a figure provided by the government to the Parliament on July 26, India had so far issued 1,05,163 medical visas, many of them to Pakistani citizens.

Sushma had said that "those seeking medical visa for their treatment in India", adding that she saw no reason for Sartaj Aziz to "hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country". Faiza Tanveer, 25, had her medical visa rejected by the Indian Embassy, the Indian Express reported.

Swaraj claimed that Aziz had not "acknowledged" a personal letter she wrote to him, asking for approval of Avantika's visa application so that she may travel to meet her son. However, the medical visa process has slowed down after a military court sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for espionage.