Travelling Pakistani refugee on disability in Canada now denied visa to India

Dr Muhammed Tahir-ul-Qadri’s visit to India Saturday met with a set back as New Delhi refused him a visa for reasons known better to Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Canada-based Pakistani scholar Qadri, who is the chief of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek, was scheduled to address at least 40 events in India over a month.

MQI, in a statement issued, expressed utmost dismay over Indian government’s decision as Qadri had visited the country several times before.

The visa denial has left Qadri’s hosts, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai and Minhaj-ul-Quran International (India), distraught and his followers disappointed.

“It is shocking as Dr Qadri has millions of followers in India, and it is not the first time he is visiting the country”, said an MQI spokesperson.