He wanted Shihab to be allowed to do the same as the Pakistani government had granted visas to Indian Sikhs. But, the Lahore High Court said that a higher court should be approached in this matter. With this, Sarwar Taj filed a petition in the Supreme Court of the country. The Supreme Court ruled that Shahib should be granted a transit visa to allow him to travel through Pakistan.
As a result, Shihab entered Pakistan through Wagah border on Tuesday. Qureshi commented that Shahib was very happy after getting a visa to continue his pilgrimage to Mecca. “He brought the message of love, friendship and brotherhood,” Qureshi said. He said he wanted to hold a program in Shihab’s honor at the Lahore High Court premises, but could not due to security concerns.
“Shihab requested the immigration officials to allow him to enter Pakistan on humanitarian grounds, saying that he was going on foot for the Hajj and had already traveled 3,000 kilometers. He requested a transit visa to reach Saudi Arabia via Iran,” the federal agency’s official sources said.
It is the dream of every Muslim to perform Hajj at least once in his lifetime. Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Muslim holy place. The world famous Mecca Masjid is located there. Pilgrimage to this shrine during the time of Prophet Muhammad is known as Hajj.
Shihab, who hails from Athavnad near Kottakkal in Malappuram district, grew up listening to stories of people traveling from Kerala to Mecca on foot. As a child, he decided to walk to Mecca. That became his life’s dream. He carried his dream with him.
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