Usman Arshad, a resident of Punjab’s Okara district, who announced to embark on the Hajj journey on his feet still facing visa issuance.
In a video message, Usman requested Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto to solve his Visa issues.
“Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, it is a matter of great sadness that I am not being listened to despite requesting so many times. Kindly help me to get Visa for Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia from Okara to Makkah on foot. The silence of the channels and journalists is also sad”
Earlier Last year in August 2022 “He met with FM Bilawal Bhutto. Bilawal issued orders to the relevant DG to solve the problems.”
“During the conversation, Bilawal asked me how can I help him and I tell him about my visa issues. Bilawal said that he will write a special letter to the embassies,” Usman added.
Usman said, “Last year I traveled from Okara to Pakistan-China Border by foot for peace in Pakistan, 1270 kilometers in 34 days. Now, I want to travel from Okara to Mecca by Foot for the Hajj pilgrimage in 2023.”
“Unfortunately, I have some visa problems on this trip that the Foreign Ministry can assist with. In my journey, I will pass through Iran, Iraq, and Kuwait to reach Saudi Arabia and must obtain these visas on arrival which will give me more time to cross these countries,” he added.
“The purpose of walking from Okara to Mecca is my dream. I want to see the culture of all the Muslim countries that come along the way and visit the holy places there. I want to feel the state when people used to go to Mecca on foot in the old days and what were their feelings and emotions when they reached Mecca,” Usman said.
Usman Arshad specifically asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help him satiate his passion for visiting the holy cities of Islam.
“If other countries extend a helping hand to their citizens to achieve it, why can’t ours,” he asked.