PoK integral part of India, says Sushma while granting medical visa


Union minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday conveyed an important message to Pakistan when she said India will issue a medical visa to an ailing man from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Pak has illegally occupied it.

24-year-old Osma Ali is having a tumour in his liver and he needs liver transplant on an emergency basis. We are giving him visa.

Sushma Swaraj gave visa to a PoK resident and said that no letter is required from Pakistan's Foreign Adviser, Sartaj Aziz. "No letter required", said Swaraj in a tweet.

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"Any Pakistani asking for a medical visa, however, would be granted one immediately if Mr Aziz recommended it", she had tweeted.

Osama's father Javed Naz Khan, who is an advocate by profession and also a worker of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz, ) had requested the Indian government to revoke the requirement of the letter from Aziz after the Pakistani foreign ministry turned down their request for the same. It takes a beat to realise she's talking about the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan+, for allegedly "spying". She assured Pakistanis that India is happy to grant medical visas and hoped Aziz "has consideration for the nationals of his country".

PoK, a 13,297-square km area with an estimated population of about four million, is under Pakistan's control since 1947 but India says it is part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "I see no reason why should he hesitate to give his recommendation for nationals of his own country".