Friday, October 06, 2017

21,000 Bohras from across globe observed Ashra in Karachi

Event was organised during Muharram in Karachi from Sept 22 to Sept 30 after a gap of 21 years


RAWALPINDI: More than 21,000 members of the Bohra community from across the globe, including almost 12,000 Indians, participated in their annual congression in Karachi, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on Friday. 

The event was organised during Muharram in Karachi from September 22 to September 30 after a gap of 21 years, the statement added. 

Bohra Community members are returning to their countries after the culmination of their annual congression. 

A number of Indian citizens who travelled by road through Wagah border expressed their acknowledgment for the peaceful environment and hospitality extended to them during the stay, states the Pakistan Army's media cell. 

Director general Punjab Rangers visited the facilitation centre established at Wagah border for their arrival and departure.

The Pakistani Consulate had established special counters within the premises and dedicated extra staff to facilitate the community for visa issuance.

"The mission is pleased to have issued visit visas to the Bohra community members for Pakistan on very short notice," a diplomat at the consulate said.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Moazzam Ahmad Khan said that the government of Pakistan has given special permission to missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to issue visas to the Bohra community.

‘’I am very grateful to our consular staff who worked extra-hours just to facilitate the Bohri community with issuing visas on an urgent basis,’’ the ambassador said. Khan also expressed his satisfaction over Pakistan’s improving image as a peace-loving country.