India on Wednesday said it has not stopped giving medical visas to Pakistani nationals, but has informed Islamabad that a recommendation letter by the Foreign Minister or Foreign Affairs Advisor of Pakistan for issuing such visas was needed.
In reply to a question on the issue, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was getting a lot of mails and requests on social media from patients in Pakistan for medical visa.
“We have not stopped medical visas…” Baglay said.
“In previous years, thousands of medical visas have been issued to Pakistani citizens. What has happened is the External Affairs Minister herself was receiving these requests addressed to her,” Baglay said. Sushma is active on social media in addressing problems faces by Indians abroad.
“She was receiving requests on email and social media. In order to ascertain that these are genuine requests we have suggested that their (Pakistan’s) Foreign Minister or Foreign Affairs Advisor gives a recommendation letter,” he said.
“On social media it is difficult to ascertain if the request is genuine. If the letter comes, we will immediately issue a visa, but we need recommendation from the Pakistan government,” the spokesperson said.