India issues visa to Pak woman seeking cancer treatment

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 17:04:51

India issues visa to Pak woman seeking cancer treatment

India on Sunday decided to grant 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 Mini­ster for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter in response to Faiza Tanveer's impassioned plea that she be issued a visa on occasion of India's 70th independence anniversary.

"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 which 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.

-The Dawn

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