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Swaraj assures admission for Pak girl in Karnataka medical college

nation Updated: May 31, 2016 08:16 IST

JAIPUR: Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday came to the aid of a Jaipur-based Pakistani girl seeking to write the medical entrance exam in India.

Mashal Maheshwari, 19, had sought the Centre’s help to allow her to appear in the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Swaraj assured her admission in a medical college in Karnataka. After her case was reported by the media, Swaraj tweeted on Monday, “Mashal, don’t be (sic) disappointed my child, I will personally take up your case for admission in a medical college.”

Mashal said, “We were not aware about the minister’s tweet. We got to know through the media and then we spoke to her. She asked about my education, family details and for my documents.”

Mashal, who scored 91% in the CBSE Class 12 exams, wanted to appear for AIPMT but was ineligible as she did not fall in either of the categories under which aspirants can apply — Indian citizen and NRI. After her CBSE results, the family pursued Mashal’s case with the Rajasthan and the central government.

Her family wrote to CM Vasundhara Raje and to the Union ministries but to no avail. Hindu Singh Sodha of the Seemant Lok Sangathan, an NGO that works with Pakistani Hindu migrants, said: “Mashal’s is not an isolated case. There are many Pakistani Hindus who face a similar problem as they don’t have documents. The government should have a legal framework so it will help others too.”

First Published: May 31, 2016 08:16 IST