Indian enters Pak while travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj

Wednesday 15th February 2023 06:19 EST

A man from India who had previously been denied a visa by a Pakistani court entered the nation to finish his arduous journey on foot to Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj.
Shihab, 29, entered Pakistan through the Wagah border and was welcomed by Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, the chairman of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Pakistan, and Sarwar Taj, who had petitioned the Supreme Court on Shihab's behalf.
Qureshi told media that Shihab was very happy to get the visa to continue his journey to Mecca. “He has brought a message of love, friendship and brotherhood," Qureshi said, adding he wanted to organise an event in Shihab's honour on the premises of Lahore High Court but could not do so because of security issues.
Shihab, a native of Kerala, set out on foot to travel 3,000 km from his home state to the Wagah border in October of last year but was halted by Pakistani immigration officials because he lacked a visa.
"Shihab pleaded the immigration officials to let him into the country on humanitarian grounds because he was intending to undertake the Hajj on foot and had already travelled 3,000 km. He needed a transit visa to travel from Iran to Saudi Arabia "An employee of the Federal Investigation Agency had indicated.

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