Minister visits Iraq embassy on Arbaeen visa policy for Pakistan. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Nadeem Afzal Chan accompanied him.
Minister visits Iraq embassy on Arbaeen visa policy for Pakistan
Acting Chargé d’ Affairs Counselor Abdul Salam Saddam Muheisen welcomed both at the embassy in Islamabad.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of issues.
Specially, they discussed reviewing the talks about religious visits, in particular the Arbaeen visit of shrine of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him.
Both sided also explores ways to succeed to serve the distinguished visitors. Meanwhile, they discussed situation of the two countries and their common interests and risks.
Also, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in various fields.
Additionally, the Chargé d’ Affairs assured that the Iraqi Embassy is committed, in accordance with the laws and instructions, to provide all services as of its assigned duties.
Moreover, Minister Noorul Haq Qadri and Nadeem Afzal Chan want that Pakistani pilgrims get visa on time.
Most importantly, Pakistanis go to pilgrimage of sacred shrines. Although they regularly visit shrines of infallible Imams of Shia Islam, yet 20th Safar remains reserved for pilgrimage of Karbala.
Notably, Zaireen (pilgrims) regularly visit holy shrines of infallible Imams of Shia Islam in Iraq, Iran and Medina . But, they commemorate anniversary of 40th day (Arbaeen in Arabic and Chehlum in Urdu) of martyrdom anniversary of Ashura on 20th Safar.
Ashura to Arbaeen
Factually, Ashura too remains a special day of scared mourn in Shia Islam. That’s because of matchless martyrdoms of Imam Hussain-led Martyrs of Karbala. However, infallible leaders of Shia Islam had emphasised on pilgrimage of sacred shrine of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen.
Hence, Shia Muslims try their level best to reach Karbala (Iraq) on 20th Safar.
Arbaeen Visa Policy irks Pakistanis
Punjab Government focal person for inter-faith ramony yed 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.