No place like Indian occupied Kashmir , Sushma to J&K student
New Delhi May 10 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is just a tweet away for people in need on Thursday questioned the origin of a youth from Jammu and Kashmir studying in the Philippines whose twitter profile said he is from "Indian occupied Kashmir" before assuring all help.
"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 " the Minister tweeted in reply to Sheikh Ateeq who said he urgently needed a new passport to return to India for a medical check-up.
Moments later Ateeq corrected the location on his Twitter bio to "Jammu and Kashmir/ Manila" which prompted the minister to immediately direct the Indian Embassy in Manila to extend all support.
"I am happy you have corrected the profile " she said and asking the Indian mission to help Ateeq who is pursuing a medical course in the country.
Pleading for the minister s help Ateeq had tweeted tagging Sushma Swaraj: "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."
The youth had asked for the minister s help on April 5 also. "Dear ma am @SushmaSwaraj I greatly need your help. Is there anything u can do to rush the process of my passport as it is damaged. I need to get back to my home India. My health is deteriorating and I cannot shoulder the expenses any more as I m student."
However he had received no response then.
Though the minister was quick to help the youth after he changed his address on the Twitter profile Ateeq s profile is no more visible - probably deleted by him.
However it created quite a buzz among the Twitterati who shared Sushma Swaraj s tweet 7 000 times while some 16 000 people like it.