After a large gap of almost 19 years, a huge number of people from the Bohra community have flocked to Karachi to observe Muharram rituals. Nearly more than 2,000 people from Bohra community had applied for visas in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the approval of travelling to Karachi. It was the Pakistani Consulate, who had first taken the initiative of making special counters within the premises and deployed few extra staffs in order to facilitate the community for the issuance of visas.
According to a diplomat at the consulate, the mission has been pleased by issuing the visit visas for Pakistan to the people of Bohra community on a very short notice. Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) told that the government of Pakistan has granted the approval to missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for issuing visas for the Bohra community. The ambassador also remarked that he is grateful to the consular staffs who had worked extra hours to facilitate the Bohra community by issuing their visas on an urgent basis. Khan also has been seen expressing the satisfaction over the improving image of Pakistan as a peace-loving country.
It would be relevant to admit that the community has been allowed to organize Muharram majlis in the regions of Karachi after a gap of 19 years. Leaders from the Dawoodi Bohra community have appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s diplomats for fulfilling their wishes to visit Karachi in order to watch the religious rituals. According to the report, more than 40,000 people from the Bohra community would attend the Ashra Muhharam this year.