Pakistani girl gets Indian visa after Yousuf’s phone call to Gambhir

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NEW DELHI: A six-year-old Pakistani girl seeking treatment in India was granted a visa on the intervention of cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, a media report said.

Mr Gambhir had written to the External Affairs Ministry for medical visas to the Pakistani nationals on October 1, NDTV reported.

“I have asked our High Commission in Islamabad to issue appropriate visas to Omaima Ali and her parents,” Mr Jaishankar wrote in a letter to Mr Gambhir.

The former cricketer told Indian news agency ANP said that he had received a phone call from Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Yousuf requesting a visa for the girl who had earlier undergone treatment at a hospital in Noida and needed open-heart surgery.

“Yousuf said the girl had undergone treatment at hospital in Noida and she required an open-heart surgery. So she desperately needed a visa because she needed to undergo the surgery as soon as possible,” Mr Gambhir told ANI.

“I am really thankful that he accepted the request and granted the visa. She is going to cross the Attari border by road,” he added.

Mr Gambhir said he had a problem with the government, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and terror outfits in Pakistan but had no grudge against the citizens of the neighboring country.

“If a six-year-old girl can get treatment in India, what better than this can happen?” he said.