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Indian minister offers help to Pakistani girl after criticism over medical exam bar

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NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old Pakistani girl has got her appeals heard by Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj for appearance in medical entrance examination after the media highlighted her case.

Mashal Maheshwari was running from pillar to post to prove herself eligible for the medial entrance examination and turn her dream into reality.

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Mashal moved to Jaipur with her parents two years ago and scored 91 percent marks in her Class 12 CBSE exams this year.

According to Mashal’s doctor-parents, they decided to quit their jobs in Sindh and move to India after the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre. Having arrived in June 2014, the youth and her two siblings were admitted in a private school — the family is living in Jaipur on a Long-Term Visa.


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She ran into a roadblock while filling the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) submission form because of her Pakistani citizenship, reports news agency ANI.

Now, Mashal’s cause will be pleaded by Ms Swaraj, who has promised to look into the matter personally.

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In a tweet posted on May 29, Ms Swaraj said: “Mashal – Don’t be disappointed my child. I will personally take up your case for admission in a Medical College.”

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