Medical visas: FO condemns India for politicising humanitarian issue

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal said on Wednesday that India attempted to politicise a humanitarian case, referring to New Delhi demanding a letter of approval from the foreign minister to issue a medical visa to a cancer survivor, Osama.

Dr Faisal expressed these views while addressing a press conference with Osama, who recently returned from Turkey after getting treatment for liver cancer.

He said that New Delhi demanded a letter of approval from the foreign minister to issue a medical visa to Osama, which was a clear violation of international law. He added that the patient suffered due to the Indian state’s attitude.

Speaking on the occasion, Osama said that he laments the Indian attitude because it unnecessarily politicised a humanitarian issue.

“In Turkey, I received treatment with utmost respect,” he said. “The Turkish government and administration took care of me.”

He appreciated the Pakistani government for providing assistance during his stay in Turkey.