Love and Swaraj know no borders: Foreign minister ensures visa for Pak bride

Dinesh Bothra, Jodhpur: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who has received praise for assisting people

who approach her on twitter, came to the rescue of a cross-border couple on Friday.
Swaraj assured on Twitter that Jodhpur resident Naresh Tewani’s fiancée Priya from Pakistan would get visa to travel to the city next month for their wedding.
Priya and her family members applied for visa to India about three months ago but were yet to get one.
The marriage has been fixed on November 7, but the families had lost hopes owing to increasing tension between the two countries following the Uri terror attack and India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
The Twitter reaction from the foreign minister came after Naresh, 27, requested her to grant visa to the Karachi-based family. Swaraj tweeted: “Pl do not worry. We will issue the Visa (sic).”
Around 15 members of Priya’s family from Pakistan are willing to come to India to attend the marriage in Jodhpur and have applied for the visa.
Naresh said the minister’s tweet had revived their hopes and “there should not be any problem for the marriage now.”
“The minister has been quite responsive to tweets by people in trouble and they have received aid from her. Seeing her willingness to resolve the troubles of those in need, we knocked on her twitter account,” Naresh said.
“It was my long-cherished dream to have a Pakistani bride for my son since my visit to Pakistan in 2001, considering the resemblance in culture and traditions between the two countries. But given the circumstances, I was afraid that the realisation of this dream might take longer,” the groom’s father Kanhaiya Lal said.