Gautam Gambhir, former India cricketer and current Member of Parliament, has arranged for a six-year-old girl from Pakistan to get a medical visa for India.
The girl, Omaima Ali, and her parents will now be able to travel to India for a heart surgery to be performed on the girl. Gambhir had written to the External Affairs Ministry on October 1 for medical visas to be arranged for the family.
Gambhir took to Twitter where he recited a famous Hindi poem before thanking External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Home Minister Amit Shah.
In a letter to Gambhir, which he shared on Twitter on Saturday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar communicated the Centre’s decision to grant medical visas to Omaima Ali and her parents.
उस पार से एक नन्हे दिल ने दस्तक दी,
इस पार दिल ने सब सरहदें मिटा दी।
उन नन्हे कदमों के साथ बहती हुई मीठी हवा भी आई है,
कभी-कभी ऐसा भी लगता है जैसे बेटी घर आई है।
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 19, 2019
“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.
Gambhir shared the letter with a couplet: “When a gentle heart approached us from the other side/ Our heart set aside all barriers and boundaries/ With her tiny feet, she also brings sweet air for us / It appears as if a daughter is visiting her home.”
Gautam Gambhir tweeted a Hindi couplet welcoming the minor girl and her parents, saying it’s like a daughter visiting her home.
This is not the first time that despite strained relations with Pakistan, India has issued visa to people in Pakistan on humanitarian grounds so that they could avail critical medical facilities in India.