Indian reached Wagah border by walking 3000 km, Pakistan did not allow him to go for Haj on foot
A Pakistani court on Wednesday rejected a petition requesting the government to issue visa to a 29-year-old Indian national who wants to perform Haj pilgrimage on foot. The man wanted to go to Saudi Arabia via Pakistan for Haj. Shihabbhai, a resident of Kerala, left his home. By the time he reached Wagah border last month, he had traveled nearly 3,000 km. But he was stopped at the Wagah border by Pakistani immigration officials as he did not have a visa.
On Wednesday, a division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed a petition filed by local citizen Sarwar Taj on Shihab’s behalf. The bench said that the petitioner is not related to any Indian citizen and does not have power of attorney to approach the court. The court also sought complete information about the Indian citizen, which the petitioner could not provide. After this the court rejected the application.
Shihab needed a transit visa
An official of the government investigative agency said Shihab had told immigration officials that he had already covered 3,000 kilometers on foot. In such a situation, he should be allowed to enter Pakistan on humanitarian grounds. He is a resident of Kerala. He needed a transit visa so that he could go to Saudi Arabia via Iran. Petitioner Taj argued on behalf of Shihab in the High Court that Shihab should also be given visa like Indian Sikhs are given visa to visit Pakistan on Baba Guru Nanak’s birthday.
Application has already been rejected
Taj told the court that Shihab had come from Kerala. They should be issued a Pakistan visa and allowed to enter Pakistan through the Wagah border. so that he can reach his destination. In fact, Taj had challenged the decision of the Single Bench of the High Court, which had rejected Taj’s petition last month. Now again permission has not been received from the Pakistan High Court in this matter.