Letter to Iraqi ambassador seeks Arbaeen visa policy change for Pakistanis

Letter to Iraqi ambassador seeks Arbaeen visa policy change for Pakistanis as Punjab Government focal person for inter-faith ramony writes.Notably, the official Syed Asad Abbas Naqvi dispatched this letter to Iraqi ambassador to Pakistan.

Furthermore, he requested the diplomat to ask Iraq government to relax Arbaeen visa policy for Pakistanis.

The official noted with concern that this year, Iraq governemnt changed visa policy for Pakistanis.

Moreover, he pointed to the fact that embassy and consulates issue visas but Iraq wants approval from Baghdad.

However, he reminded that this different visa policy will also deprive Pakistanis of Arbaeen pilgrimage, let alone financial losses.

Therefore, Asad Abbas Naqvi asked Iraqi ambassador to play role in resolving this issue at the earliest.

MQM Pakistan leader demands

In this regard, Federal Minister and MQM Coordination Committee head Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui also issued a statement.

Notably, he pointed to the fact that at least 200,000 Zaireen could not go to Karbala pilgrimage on Arbaeen.

Siddiqui asks PM and FM

Furthermore, Dr Khalid Maqbool also asked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Qureshi to talk to Iraqi government on the matter.

However, he urged d the Iraqi government to reconsider their different policy for Pakistani Zaireen.

On the other hand,

MWM leader sends letter to Iraqi PM on Arbaeen visa problems amid widespread complaints from Pakistani Zaireen (pilgrims).

Besides, Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari also directed Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Foreign Affairs head Allama Shafqat Shirazi in this regard.

On directives of MWM Pakistan secretary general, Allama Shafqat also interacted with Iraqi parliamentarians and public opinion makers. He briefed them on Pakistani Zaireen’s problems in getting approved visas.

Meanwhile, MWM Political Affairs head Asad Abbas Naqvi contacted special assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari.

The latter assured that he would leave no stone unturned to address the problem.


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