Pakistan became an obstacle in the way of a young man performing the Haj pilgrimage on foot, refusing to give visa
Pakistan's court has rejected the petition related to granting visas to Indian youth. In this petition, a youth from Kerala sought a visa from the government of Pakistan to perform the Haj pilgrimage on foot, but the court did not approve it. Actually, Shihab Bhai sought this visa so that he could enter Pakistan and then complete the marathon journey on foot to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Haj.
Shihab Bhai has completed the 3000-kilometer journey
Shihab Bhai, who hails from Kerala, started the journey from his home state Kerala last month and has now reached the Wagah border after completing the journey of 3000 kms. After this, when he started entering Pakistan, the immigration officials stopped him. After this, Shihab Bhai took refuge in the Pakistani court where he was disappointed.
Because of this, the court rejected the application
On Wednesday, a Lahore High Court division bench of Justice Chaudhary Muhammad Iqbal and Justice Muzammil Akhtar Shabbir dismissed an intra-court appeal filed by Sarwar Taj, a local citizen, on Shihab's behalf. The Single Bench observed that the petitioner was not an Indian citizen nor did he have a power of attorney to approach the court.
Appeal to pass through Pakistan on humanitarian grounds
According to the probe agency, Shihab had appealed to the Pakistan immigration officials that he was undertaking the Haj pilgrimage on foot. He should be allowed to pass through Pakistan on humanitarian grounds. Shihab said that he wanted a transit visa first to go to Saudi Arabia via Pakistan and then Iran. On the other hand, his co-petitioner Taj, who lives in Lahore, appealed that like the government of Pakistan gives visas to Indian Sikhs on the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, in the same way, the visa should be given to Shihab. Taj appealed that Shihab has so far completed the journey of 3000 kms.