The Bohra community has a very small population of just over 2,300 in Pakistan. Even though the religion is spread over in 40 countries, the leader hails from India. Most activities and religious ceremonies take place in India and South Africa. This year, Muharram was held in Karachi, so that Pakistani Bohra community can also take part in it. India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj granted Indian visa to 33 Pakistani Bohra community children who were invited to India by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, their spiritual head.
The children were invited to Mumbai, where most of its activities take place. The Indian government and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin have always maintained good relationships. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also acknowledged the spiritual leader for promoting education among his community’s women and girls and motivating them to stand on their own feet.
Sushma Swaraj also announced on Twitter that India granted a medical visa to a young boy who needed an open heart surgery. The external affairs minister is known for going out of her way and helping Indians around the world. She has been the only helper for Pakistani nationals wanting to visit India for medical assistance or marriage purpose.
Kind acts by the external affairs minister
In August 2017, Sushma Swaraj helped a Pakistani girl who was to marry an Indian man. Her visa hadn’t come and her wedding was only a couple weeks ahead. Even after applying for the visa very early on, she had received it. She tweeted to Swaraj and she came forward to help her with the visa, so that she could get married.
As a Diwali gift, she also granted over 400 medical visas to impending Pakistani citizens who were scheduled to undergo treatments and surgeries in India. We need many more people like Sushma Swaraj who is trying her best to bridge a gap between India and Pakistan.