Ex-PM of Pakistan Detained in India on Visa Issue

Indian law enforcing agency detained Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Choudhary Shujaat Hussain, along with other members of his delegation visiting India this Saturday October 27, 2012. The delegation had left the required visa documents in hotel in Jaipur. However Mr. Hussain was allowed to visit Ajmer after producing  the digital copies of the visa documents.

Ex Prime Minister of Pakistan, Choudhary Shujaat Hussain, is visiting India along with other group of Pakistanis to attend a wedding in Jaipur. Mr. Hussain wanted to visit Ajmer on Saturday to offer prayers at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Mr. Hussain was not allowed to move out of the hotel by Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) team that insisted on producing the required visa documents and passports.

The Pakistan embassy in New Delhi then emailed the copies of the visa documents and passports. Mr. Husaain and his delegate was then allowed to come out of the hotel in Ajmer and visit the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

The IB officials justified their action by saying, “The IB department has certain requirements which are essential to be fulfilled and, therefore, the officials requested the Pakistan delegation for the traveling papers, which were later sent by the Pakistan embassy.”

However, an official from Pakistani embassy in New Delhi said, “We had the permission, the visa as well as the passport, but we left them in New Delhi as the visit was totally religious.”

Pakistan and India has recently signed a new visa agreement to relax the visa rules for visiting Pakistani and Indian nationals.



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