Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf addresses a press conference on the sidelines of a leadership summit in New Delhi on November 17, 2012. —AFP Photo

NEW DELHI: Former president General Pervez Musharraf and his wife Sehba, invited to Delhi by The Hindustan Times for an international conclave last week, travelled on an Indian visa that required them to report to the police on arrival.

The fiasco invited a diplomatic protest by Pakistan, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

It said Gen Musharraf was issued the visa from the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi. When he landed at Delhi airport on Friday, Pakistani High Commission officials were surprised to find that his passport, as well as that of his wife, had the Indian visa which was “not exempted from police reporting”.

The Pakistan High Commission immediately informed officials at the Indian foreign ministry and conveyed their displeasure, sources told The Indian Express.

The ministry intervened and exempted General Musharraf from reporting to the police station. But the couple’s passports had to be sent to the Delhi Police special branch office on Asaf Ali Road, where the exemption was granted.

“He did not have to go to the police station,” said General Musharraf’s spokesperson Raza Bokhari.

According to rules, all Pakistani nationals, except those holding Indian visas endorsed “exempted from police reporting”, are required to register themselves at the nearest police station or Foreigners Registration Office or Foreigners Regional Registration Office within 24 hours of arriving at their destination city.

They have to report their arrival and departure in person, in writing.

These rules are applicable to Indian nationals visiting Pakistan as well.

However, sources told the paper that normally all diplomatic passport holders, which include former presidents and prime ministers and their spouses, are exempt from police reporting.

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Ejaz A. Khan (USA)
November 23, 2012 6:32 pm
Very well said Sir !
Michael Malcolm
November 21, 2012 7:30 pm
Having read all those who are against Parvez Musharraf are biased and has personal negative opinion. If he was as bad as he is being endorsed specially by Indians then they should also write to the President of USA, The Prime minister of UK and other head of states not to give any protocal to Mushrraf nor allow him to enter the country.
November 21, 2012 7:33 pm
Musharaff Sahib is very intelligent and successful leader, well known in the world forum. He should come back to Pakistan and lead the country to prosperity like he did before. And get rid of the present corrupt leaders once for all.
Michael Malcolm
November 21, 2012 7:33 pm
How can you speak on behalf of people of Pakistan and with what authority? You are just biased.
November 21, 2012 8:07 am
All politicians on either side must go through this exercise of reporting to the police so it becomes evident to them what the common man has to endure traveling to either of these countries.
November 21, 2012 6:40 pm
There is a saying - "When a Muslim gets educated they become enlightened,whereas when a Hindu gets educated they become narrow minded and communal"
November 21, 2012 7:21 am
No Pakistani needs a value certificate from India.
November 23, 2012 8:05 am
I bet this saying was written by you only. You are the one sounding communal here.
November 23, 2012 7:14 am
laws are made for everybody, India is not that corrupt as Pakistan is, India is moving in the right direction and Pakistan is moving backwards and so is whole Islamic world corruption and corruption and corrupton and further who in thjeir right mind will visit Pakistan forget tourism. you can offer me a free ticket to visit Pakistan I will say no thank you keep it.
November 21, 2012 10:41 am
or may be to the Higher Courts.... :)
November 21, 2012 10:26 am
yes, you do, if you want to come to my country and work/earn then you definitely need one from our authorities. Else you are most welcome to not visit !!! Cheers !!
Joe Blog
November 21, 2012 8:12 am
Its kind of funny. Pakistan doesn't want him back in Pakistan, but are upset that he has to report to police in India.
November 21, 2012 8:11 am
what are you talking about? what dignity? it is a procedure. so?
November 21, 2012 6:49 am
Now Musharraf know his true value.
Honest Belief
November 21, 2012 8:27 pm
No need. The former Indian President was treated the same way. LOL
November 21, 2012 8:28 pm
Hate all who are well wishers....nature of thankless pakistanis They hate Jinnah too for creation of nation....ask Mullahs!!!
gir na
November 21, 2012 8:43 am
still they continue to come and report in police station
November 23, 2012 4:47 am
He is not a politician, he is a soldier who forgot his oath. He never went through election process.
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
November 23, 2012 8:19 am
What's the big deal , nobody should be above the law.
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
November 23, 2012 8:21 am
You are so right
November 23, 2012 11:58 am
If somebody reads only Jawed Naqvi's articles alone in Dawn, he will come to the conclusion that India is far worse than Pakistan...Nothing positive to talk about
November 23, 2012 1:04 am
Wisdom galore!
November 21, 2012 10:38 am
November 21, 2012 9:16 am
Had he landed in Islamabad, he would have to directly report to the Police Station.. :)
A s ahmed
November 21, 2012 12:47 pm
I am surprised Pakistan has not still revoked Musharraf's passport since he is considered absconder and on interpol's list as wanted criminal and murderer in Pakistan.
Syed rizvi
November 21, 2012 12:52 pm
Why he likes to visit india frequently,despite knowing they are hostile to him.
November 21, 2012 7:49 am
"Former president General Pervez Musharraf and his wife Sehba, invited to Delhi by The Hindustan Times for an international conclave last week, travelled on an Indian visa that required them to report to the police on arrival" In India, he just had to report to the police....but I guess he would have taken directly to the police station if he is landed in Pakistan.........
r Vijay
November 21, 2012 1:02 pm
It was an honest mistake by Indian authorities that was corrected immediately. But then he is person who in persona non grate in Pakistan. Why do any pakistani expects Musharraf to be treated well in India.
November 21, 2012 1:23 pm
That is our internal matter. Why are you so disturbed?
November 21, 2012 1:39 pm
No based on his track record, he thinks he is above the law.
Jamshed Khan
November 21, 2012 2:01 pm
The standard procedure is that former heads of state are not required to report to the local police when they visit a country. That is what I am talking about.
November 21, 2012 2:15 pm
As Mr Musharraf is not allowed to enter Pakistan and is a proclaimed offender;What I feel is that Pakistan should seriously object India permitting him to come to India.
November 21, 2012 2:23 pm
As soon as he deposed Nawaz Sharif, he would have become a dual citizen, like most politicians in Pakistan, and acquired a British Passport. Now he must be travelling as British subject. I do not know why Pakistan Embassy is so bothered about a person who is declared äbsconder""by their courts
November 21, 2012 2:24 pm
If he landed in Pakistan, he would have to go straight to jail. This treatment is better than that.
mc duffy
November 21, 2012 2:50 pm
if i remember when he came there as a dictator the indians went crazy, he was treated like a king. so hospitality there is reserved for dictators only?
Cherian (Melbourne)
November 22, 2012 11:06 am
It was an unfortunate mistake. Please don't turn it to a prestige issue.
mc duffy
November 21, 2012 2:53 pm
Allright....indians dont like many of their leaders so when next time they come to Pakistan they will be forced to report to a police station then the indians will have no reason to complain.
November 21, 2012 7:53 am
As far as Mussaraf 's foreign Policy in his term as president of Pakistan, perhaps one of the best.....
November 21, 2012 3:44 pm
Why! Pakistan is his country.
November 21, 2012 4:12 pm
well pakistani nation has always followed the wrong leader , they followed the Bhutto when Ayoub was at his best , They followed the Zia when Bhutto was at his best. they followed the Zaradari when Musharaf was doing at his best , If i compare country at his time and now , I am forced to respect this guy specially what he did great with education
November 21, 2012 4:35 pm
But they got one.
November 22, 2012 9:10 am
For the same reason any Pakistani actor, singer etc. visit India - It is all about Money - Honey.
Harbhajan Singh
November 21, 2012 4:50 pm
It sounds funny, Musharaf cannot go back to his own country but can travel on a Pakistani passport to a neighbouring country. I dare him to go back to his own country, why the self imposed exile? He has not forgotten the treatment Gaddaffi got from his own people.
November 21, 2012 9:04 am
We might have our own opinions on Musharraf but he is a former President and he should be accorded courtesies that he deserves. It was a mistake and should be corrected so that it doesn't happen again.
Goga Nalaik
November 21, 2012 9:22 am
Humiliating! Atleast two indian officials (of similar status) should be treated the same way when they land in Pakistan next time. Even if we dont like Musharaf, let's not forget that he once occupied the top post in Pakistan and therefore should have received all due respects from India.
November 23, 2012 2:57 pm
open your mind and you will have a better understanding of naqvi's writings
Jamshed Khan
November 21, 2012 7:37 am
Has this man no dignity left, for himself or for his country?
November 22, 2012 4:46 am
yeah right honest mistake...
November 21, 2012 7:09 pm
Musharraf was inivted to Delhi by The Hindustan Times for an international conclave . why you Indians have to invite him in the first place and then all the news channels are all over him ... getting ratings and generating money and then complain abt everything ....
November 22, 2012 4:02 pm
The saying speaks volumes of the people who preach it.
November 22, 2012 3:53 pm
its is good to see that we (India) are becoming more like USA where rules are rules, no exemption even for presidents or foreign dignitaries.
November 21, 2012 6:13 pm
How about Ali Zafar, Adnan Sami, Veena Malik, etc.......
November 21, 2012 9:14 pm
I wonder who they are :P
November 21, 2012 9:13 pm
Its funny that so many indians are so much interested in pakistani politicians and newz.
November 21, 2012 9:12 pm
The 66 dislikes are racist and have double standards, Need to be educated.
A Khan
November 21, 2012 6:28 pm
Because what he did in Pakistan is an issue between him and his people. Bottom line - he's still our citizen.
Sehrish Amber
November 21, 2012 6:22 pm
Pakistan and India are tied to extradition treaty. He should be deported from India to report first in Pakistani police station.
November 21, 2012 10:47 pm
The rule should be same citizens. Be it Former president. All visitors on either side must go through the same exercise. It should become known to them what the common man has to endure traveling to either of these countries. The reporting to the police is cumbersome. I remember business visitors from Pakistan were detained and procecuted for not repoting day visit to Agra. It is good that General Pervez Musharraf and his wife Sehba, invited to Delhi by The Hindustan Times for an international conclave last week. He is a common citizen now and must have seen more real India on this visit.
Michael Malcolm
November 21, 2012 6:40 pm
Its definitely a biased views of Vijay when so much social and cultural programs are being held between the two countries. A statement like this would tarnish the reconciliation between the two countries. After all he was the President of Pakistan , irrespective of his keeping away from his country and its nobody's business.
November 21, 2012 4:01 pm
i think he is the only pakistani politician who has political wisdom and international audience like to hear him as well
November 21, 2012 9:32 pm
At least India treated him well even though he did not desrve. If he had landed in his own country he would have been in Jail. There is a pending arrest warrent against him.
November 21, 2012 6:43 pm
Did Musharraf never bothered to open his passport and glance what visa he was issued (or he opted?) before travelling to India? Any one having experience with travelling abroad would know that one checks the VISA 1. Immediately after it is issued at the consulate 2. At the time of booking Ticket 3. When you are about to start for travel 3. During Emigration, 4. During Immigration, 5. Customs. 6. And many more times before you are in step 2 If I was Mushraf, I wouldn't have traveled to India with Police Visa in the first case.
November 22, 2012 12:25 am
India no India who care about India and Musharraf.
Khan Bhai
November 22, 2012 1:12 am
What part of invitation do you not understand? He didnt go to Delhi for a stroll.
Devil's Tutor
November 22, 2012 1:16 am
But who would want to work and earn in your country????????? I like the next part better not welcome,Cheers. Please throw people like Adnan Samis , Veena Maliks ,Meeras from your country. And stop casting actors and singers, please. They are the only one want to work and earn across the border, cheers again............
November 23, 2012 2:39 pm
fitting treatment
prakash J
November 22, 2012 3:47 am
whether he lands in India or Pakistan he is destined to go to police station.
November 24, 2012 11:47 am
Since when muslims started getting enlightened?
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