NEWS DESK: India decided on Sunday to grant a visa to a 25-year-old Pakistani cancer patient who is due to travel across the border for treatment.
“Thanks for your greetings on India’s Independence Day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India,” Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter responding to Faiza Tanveer’s plea that she be issued a visa on occasion of India’s 70th independence anniversary.
Thanks for your greetings on India's Independence day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India. https://t.co/jThT2KayoZ
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 13, 2017
“Ma’am, you are like [a] mother to me, please issue me a medical visa … [and] help me on this happy occasion of 70th year of independence. Thank you,” Tanveer had tweeted earlier on Sunday. Last month, India had denied Tanveer the visa.
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.
The Indian Embassy had rejected Tanveer’s medical visa application in July, citing deteriorating relations between the two countries. She had then appealed to politicians in both countries to help facilitate her application.
A week after Tanveer was rejected a visa, Swaraj had said that visas would be issued to Pakistani patients on the recommendation of then Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.