The rivalry between India and Pakistan is one of the most extreme and intensified in the world. Be it in war, in sports, in conferences or on an international platform, the rivalry can never be given a miss. Hockey, widely considered to be our national game, used to be our pride till a few decades back before it was replaced with cricket. However, India still maintains a good reputation and commands a good standing in international hockey.
Recently, an ill former Pakistani hockey player, Mansoor Ahmed, has approached Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, for help. The 49-year-old Ahmed is suffering from a cardiac disorder and wants Swaraj to grant him a medical visa to visit India and get treated.
In a video in Twitter, Ahmed said that there were times when he snatched victory from India on the field but that was all a part of the game. He has now appealed to Indians and the minister to grant him the medical visa for a heart transplant surgery and said that for this gesture, he shall forever remain grateful to India.
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— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 23, 2018
Ahmed has a been a part of the Olympic squad of Pakistan thrice and was a member of the team which won Indira Gandhi Cup in 1989. Between 1986 and 2000, he has played 338 international matches.
The Indian government had earlier said that despite the issues between the two nations, India will continue to issue medical visas to Pakistani nationals for humanitarian causes. There have been times when the foreign minister herself replied to visa requests on social media platforms and has been checking on them personally.