External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday asked a Kashmiri student, currently residing in the Philippines, to change his profile info on Twitter before helping him to get a new passport, TimesNow reported.
The Union minister asked the student to correct his bio on Twitter who had put “MBBS student/ proud to be a muslim indian occupied Kashmir”.
Sheikh Ateek sought help from Sushma Swaraj regarding his passport, which he said had been damaged and was hindering his return to “home”.
The student, according to the report, had tweeted: “I m from j&k doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged i applied for new one 1 month ago i request u plz help me get it as i literally need to go home for medical check up (sic).”
Responding to the request, Sushma Swaraj wrote back: “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 (@SushmaSwaraj) May 10, 2018
Following the minister’s tweet, the Kashmiri student changed his profile and corrected the description of the place he belongs to.
Soon, the minister acknowledged the student’s action and directed the Indian Embassy in Manila to assist. “I am happy you have corrected the profile. Jaideep – He is an Indian national from J&K. Pls help him,” the minister tweeted.
When last checked, the student’s profile was unavailable on Twitter.