Sushma flays Sartaz Aziz over Jadhav's mom visa; assures medical visa to Pakistanis

Sushma flays Sartaz Aziz over Jadhavs mom visa; assures medical visa to Pakistanis


New Delhi: In a series of blistering tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today flayed Pakistan Prime Minister's aide Sartaz Aziz on visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother so that she could visit the former Indian navy officer in prison and said the Mr Aziz has not shown the "courtesy" to acknowledge her missive. "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," Ms Swaraj wrote in the micro blogging site. "We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan," she wrote in reference to Jadhav's mother. At the same time, she said Pakistani nationals seeking medical treatment in India will be issued visas immediately if Sartaz Aziz recommends them. "I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. I am sure Mr Sartaj Aziz also has consideration for the nationals of his country. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals," she said. "But I assure Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa with a recommendation from Mr Sartaj Aziz, we will issue the visa immediately," the Minister wrote. Ms Swaraj said she saw "no reason" why should Mr Aziz, a former foreign minister, have any hesitation to give his recommendation for nationals "of his own country". India and Pakistan have been in acrimonious diplomatic and legal wranglings over Jadhav, whom Pakistan has accused of being an Indian spy - a charge denied by New Delhi. Mr Jadhav's execution was stayed after India appealed against the Pakistan military court's judgment at the International Court of Justice. A final judgment from the ICJ on the case is awaited.

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