FM takes up with Iraqi envoy matter of visa non-issuance to Pakistani pilgrims

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APP06-19 ISLAMABAD: October 19 - Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi in a meeting with Iraqi Ambassador Dr. Ali Yasin Mohammed Karim at Foreign Office. APP photo by Saleem Rana

ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP):Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday expressed concern over non-issuance of visas to Pakistani zaireen (pilgrims) aspiring to visit Iraq.
In a meeting with Iraq’s ambassador Dr Ali Yassin Mohammed Karim here, the Foreign Minister raised the matter about the zaireen facing difficulties in attending Arbaeen – the religious commemoration marking 40 days after the Ashura Day when Hazrat Ali was martyred in the battle of Karbala.
The Ambassador assured the Foreign Minister of maximum cooperation from Iraqi side for issuance of visas in transparent manner.