FO slams India for restrictions on patients suffering from terminal illnesses

July 27, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

Pakistan Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday slammed the Indian government for imposing restrictions on Pakistani patients suffering from serious and terminal illnesses.

In response to a question during a press briefing, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was not diplomatically ethical to ask Sartaj Aziz to verify every visa application.

“Asking for a letter from the Foreign affairs Adviser is against the diplomatic norms. Such a requirement has not been prescribed for any other country,” he said.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan was making ‘suitable arrangements’ both within the country and other friendly states.

In response to a question from a journalist regarding Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States’ malicious comments pertaining to Pakistan Army, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed disappointed.

“Making devious claims against Pakistan military’s commitment to fight terrorism is to trivialize its tremendous human sacrifices. It is also disrespectful to the families of martyrs and to the people of Pakistan and such outlandish statements are beyond the dignity of responsible offices,” he said.

During his opening remarks, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also denounced violence by the Indian security forces in disputed Kashmir.

“Since 8 July 2016 alone, hundreds of Kashmiris have been mercilessly killed, over 8,000 are victims of pellet guns with many hundred youth blinded either completely or partially, 19,000 have been wounded many with life threatening injuries, over 18,000 arrested with their fate remaining unknown,” he said.