POK integral part of India, no letter required for VISA: Sushma Swaraj

In an act of defiant empathy Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sent a strong message to Pakistan on Tuesday as she boldly proclaimed that POK is an integral part of India and Pakistan has illegally occupied it.

The tweets came as a 24-year-old in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir wanted to travel to New Delhi for the treatment of his Liver-Tumor. Unable to get a letter from Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister Sartaj Aziz, he called for help from India.

Osama’s father Javed Naz Khan, a lawyer in Rawalakot and a worker of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), said he has no means to get his son treated in Europe or elsewhere. “It’s least expensive in India. I am the unfortunate father who is not able to provide treatment to his son,” he said over phone, breaking down as he narrated how his son was losing weight rapidly.

On July 10, Ms. Swaraj had reiterated the need for a letter by Mr. Aziz and expressed dismay over the lack of courtesy shown by her Pakistani counterpart, who she said had not even acknowledged her personal letter requesting for a Pakistani visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother.

Any Pakistani asking for a medical visa, however, would be granted one immediately if Mr Aziz recommended it, she said, tweeting: "I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals."

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