Pakistan accuses India of politicising humanitarian issues

PTI
Islamabad, Publish Date: Nov 24 2017 12:52AM | Updated Date: Nov 24 2017 12:52AM
Pakistan accuses India of politicising humanitarian issues

Pakistan today accused India of "politicising" humanitarian issues and said selective issuance of medical visas to its citizens was not a gesture of compassion but "cold blooded politicking".

Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said the Indian policy of selective issuance of medical visa to Pakistanis was "regrettable".

Addressing the weekly media briefing, Faisal said India continued to politicise humanitarian issues, which was more reprehensible as many patients have been consulting Indian doctors for a long time on their own expense.

"No one is fooled by Indian gimmickry. This is not a gesture of compassion but cold blooded politicking under which individuals are picked at will for political mileage," he said.

Faisal's remarks came days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to grant a visa to a Pakistani woman for a liver transplant in India.

Her intervention came after Sadia, the ailing woman's daughter, last week requested Swaraj for grant of a visa to her mother. PTI

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