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Jewish Karachi resident allowed to visit Israel on his Pakistani passport

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 26, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 26, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Jewish Karachi resident allowed to visit Israel on his Pakistani passport

Fishel Khalid says the govt has informed him that he can now apply for an Israeli visa

Fishel Khalid’s passport – BBC photo

Fishel Khalid, a 31-year-old resident of Karachi who has declared himself a Jew, has been issued a fresh passport by the Pakistani authorities.

The passport mentioned his religion as Judaism, BBC Urdu reported.

Khalid said that he had been in contact with NADRA since 2016 to register himself as Jew and after a long time his request was approved by the government. “I was registered as a Muslim at birth but I told NADRA that I am not a practicing Muslim and provided them all the details and documents [to prove it],” he told BBC.

Fishel Khalid – Twitter photo

Pakistan doesn’t have a diplomatic relationship with the state of Israel. However, Khalid claimed that he has been allowed to visit Jerusalem.

In a tweet on January 23, he said that he received a call from the ministry of foreign affairs on January 2 informing him that he can visit Israel on his Pakistani passport.

Khalid said that he requested Prime Minister Imran Khan through the Prime Minister’s Citizen Portal to allow him to visit Israel on his Pakistani passport.

PM Office forwarded his request to the Foreign Office which sought the Sindh government’s input and after seeking the opinion from all the stakeholders involved, Khalid was informed that he can apply for an Israeli visa on his Pakistani passport.

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      Zahid Islam  January 29, 2019 12:22 pm/ Reply

    There is no law that says only Muslims are entitled to live in Pakistan. There were many Jews doing business in Pakistan during Ayub Khan’s rule (Lever Brothers, Ralli Brothers, and so on). I, myself, had a classmate in my graduation class in 1961 by the name of Samuel Cohen who later migrated to the U.K. In school, I had one Ted
    (with a difficult surname) who was a Polish refugee (an orphan).

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