A raging debate has picked up on Twitter after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj slammed Sartaj Aziz over a visa issuance matter. The cause of the Twitter-rebuke was the apparent denial of visa by India for the treatment of a Pakistani national.

A Pakistani journalist, Omar Quraishi, tweeted about a Lahore resident Faiza who was seeking treatment in India but was denied medical visa.

In reply to this tweet, official handle of the High Commission on India in Pakistan tweeted stating that the visa hasn’t been denied. The applicant simply needs a recommendation letter from Sartaj Aziz –

Omar Quraishi then sent out a rather offensive tweet accusing the Indian government of discriminating against Pakistanis –

This led to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj exposing the hypocrisy and selfishness of the Pakistani establishment on the issue of visa issuance through a series of tweets. Here is a snapshot of her first five tweets –

Following are her next four tweets –

She very deftly questions Sartaj Aziz’s nationalism as he seems hesitant in helping his own countrymen. All that he requires to do is write a recommendation for the ailing person and India will grant her a medical visa.

She then goes on to explicitly question the Pakistani establishment’s hypocrisy in a similar matter. Pakistan has sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death in a flimsy case of acting as an Indian spy on Pakistani territory.

Mrs. Avantika Jadhav, mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, had applied for a visa for Pakistan to meet her son. Sushma Swaraj personally wrote a letter to Aziz to grant her a visa, but the Pakistani advisor didn’t even have the courtesy to reply to the letter, let alone issuing a visa. This is h0w Pakistan treats our people but expects us to grant every service to their nationals!

The government’s stand to grant medical visas to Pakistanis only when they obtain a recommendation from Sartaz Aziz is justified as we aren’t in any way obligated to treat Pakistani nationals.

Pakistan indulges in indiscriminate firing on the border and infiltration of terrorists that results in the killings of our civilians and soldiers, yet expects us to give all the facilities to them.

Pakistan’s policy is that of pressurizing the Indian government by killing our civilians and soldiers. Indian government has begun to give Pakistan a taste of its own medicine. When Pakistani nationals feel hurt and put pressure on their government will there be any chance for the establishment to relent on its anti-India policy. Also, why don’t these Pakistanis visit their all-weather friend China for treatment?


Vinayak Jain