Pakistani man moves court for transit visa of Indian wanting to perform Haj on foot


The petitioner, Sarwar Taj, a resident of Lahore, contended in his petition that the Government of Pakistan had issued visas to a large number of Indian Sikhs during the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and on other occasions and to visit holy places in the country (Pakistan). This facility was provided to the Hindus.

A Pakistani man on Wednesday challenged in the Supreme Court the decision of the Lahore High Court which rejected the plea of ​​a 29-year-old Indian national seeking a ‘transit visa’. This Indian national wanted to enter Pakistan so that he could travel on foot to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Haj.

The petitioner, Sarwar Taj, a resident of Lahore, contended in his petition that the Government of Pakistan had issued visas to a large number of Indian Sikhs during the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and on other occasions and to visit holy places in the country (Pakistan). This facility was provided to the Hindus. He said that similarly it should give (transit) visa to an Indian Muslim who wants to reach Saudi Arabia on foot for Haj. Shihab Chottur set out on the 8,640 km journey on foot from his home town in Kerala in June to reach Haj in 2023.

He was supposed to pass through Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Kuwait during the journey. However, he was stopped by Pakistan immigration officials at the Wagah border in October as he did not have a visa. Shihab argued before the immigration authorities that he was going on Haj on foot and covered a distance of 3,000 km and should be allowed to enter the country on humanitarian grounds. He wanted a transit visa to reach Saudi Arabia via Iran. Last month, a division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed an appeal to the Taj filed by Shihab. The court had said, “The petitioner does not belong to an Indian citizen, nor does he have the right to have a lawyer to approach the court.”

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