External Affairs

Swaraj Blasts Sartaj Aziz for Ignoring Visa Request for Jadhav’s Mother

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Credit: PTI

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday, July 10, expressed dismay over the lack of courtesy shown by her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, who has not even acknowledged her personal letter requesting a Pakistan visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother.

However, she assured Aziz that any Pakistani national seeking a medical visa to travel to India with his recommendation will be given a visa immediately.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj said, “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.”

She said a visa application was pending for Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan.

“I wrote a personal letter to Mr Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter,” she tweeted.

Jadhav, 46, was allegedly arrested by Pakistan in the restive Balochistan province last year. He has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.