Islamabad, June 2: With the humanitarian intervention by Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, the Indian High Commission in Pakistan on Friday issued the visas to a two-and-a-half-year-old Pakistani baby boy and his parents for treatment.
Swaraj promised the parents that they would be allowed to travel to India for treatment of their baby boy.
It happened when Ken Sid, a tweeter user reached out to Sushma Swaraj through the social media for medical visa of his son who has a heart complication treatment for which was not available in Pakistan.
The family was trying to get a visa from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for three months. “He is my son. He does not know what is happening between India and Pakistan”, Ken Sid tweeted.
According to Dawn, Sushma Swaraj responded to this saying: “No. This child will not suffer. Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa”.
The child’s father Ken Sid responded on Twitter saying, “It is heartening to see humanity prevailing despite many differences. Thank you for your efforts. Humanity prevails! God bless everyone,” the child’s father tweeted.
The Indian High Commission has reportedly issued four-month medical visas to the family so that the boy may undergo heart surgery in India.
Indian hospitals like the Apollo in Delhi have previously reported receiving around 500 patients from Pakistan every month. Many of the unwell needed a liver transplant, which costs between Rs2-3 million. Pakistani patients also fly to the southern Indian city of Chennai, which is considered the centre for any heart-related treatment.
In 2015, five-year-old Basma from Pakistan had been granted a visa to India for an emergency liver transplant surgery. There are now many tales like hers, sometimes with footnotes on how the travelling patients were helped financially by Indians.
More recently, however, the visa process for travellers who want to visit India for medical reasons has slowed as tension soar between the two states.