Sushma Swaraj: ‘Indian-Occupied Kashmir’ Doesn’t Exist, To Student Seeking Help


Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is one of the most respected politician as she is always ready to help people and Twitter has also played an important role in it. Once again Sushma Swaraj has helped a person but not before making him correct his mistake on his Twitter profile.

Recently, a student from Jammu & Kashmir asked for help but there was something that didn’t go well with the minister. The student named Sheikh Ateeq (Twitter handle – @SAteEQ019) requested Sushma Swaraj for assiating him getting new passport as his old passport was damaged and he needed to go home due to health issues.

This is what he tweeted,                                                                                                 “I am from J&K doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged I applied for new one 1 month ago I request u pls help me to get it as i literally need to go home for medical checkup.”

Sushma Swaraj noticed his profile and replied that she would help him if he’s from J&K but as per his Twitter profile, he is from “Indian Occupied Kashmir”. She replied                         “If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’. There is no place like that.”

Sushma Swaraj at Twitter

Later, in another tweet, Ms Swaraj expressed happiness that Sheikh Ateeq had corrected his profile and then directed Indian authorities saying, “He is an Indian national from J&K. Pls help him.”

Later, Sheikh Ateeq apparently deleted his Twitter account as it could not be accessed.

 Meanwhile, Ms Swaraj also offered help to another Indian named Chetna Ahuja, who complained that she was harassed due to Indian e-visa. “I was scheduled to travel from HK-Delhi with my baby and helper as my mother has a surgery. We applied e-visa and got a granted ETA but today (Thursday) on spot they rejected -passport incomplete,” Ms Ahuja said.

Responding to his request for help, Ms Swaraj told Indian authorities that the case needs “compassionate handling”.


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