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FM Qureshi discusses visa issues for Arbaeen pilgrims with Iraqi envoy

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi called on Iraqi ambassador Dr. Ali Yasin Mohammed Karim on Friday to discuss the matter of non-issuance of visas to Pakistani pilgrims for Arbaeen. Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, Dr. Faisal, shared the specifics of the meeting on Twitter, "FM met Ambassador of Iraq in Pakistan to share his concerns over non-issuance of visas to Pakistani Zaireen, aspiring to visit Iraq for Arbaeen," he tweeted. The Iraqi representative assured of "maximum…

Millions attend Arbaeen commemoration in Karbala

KARBALA: An estimated 14 million pilgrims thronged Karbala on Friday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, as Baghdad looks to wipe out the militant Islamic State group that has targeted their branch of Islam. Under tight security, around 14 million worshippers crowded into the golden-domed mausoleum, beating their chests in unison against a background of religious music. Tens of thousands of security personnel and Shia militiamen were deployed, as in past years, around the perimetres of the sanctuary as well as on…

Pillion riding banned across Sindh on Chehlum

KARACHI: The government of Sindh on Thursday banned pillion riding across the province from November 21-22 due to the chehlum of Imam Hussain (R.A). A notification has also been issued in this regard vowing strict action against the violators. The decision is taken for security reasons especially over a recent spate of sectarian killings across the city.