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.

Updated Nov 20, 2012 10:40pm

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Ejaz A. Khan (USA)
Nov 23, 2012 06:32pm
Very well said Sir !
Michael Malcolm
Nov 21, 2012 07:30pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 07:33pm
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
Nov 21, 2012 07:33pm
How can you speak on behalf of people of Pakistan and with what authority? You are just biased.
Nov 21, 2012 08:07am
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.
Nov 21, 2012 06:40pm
There is a saying - "When a Muslim gets educated they become enlightened,whereas when a Hindu gets educated they become narrow minded and communal"
Nov 21, 2012 07:21am
No Pakistani needs a value certificate from India.
Nov 23, 2012 08:05am
I bet this saying was written by you only. You are the one sounding communal here.
Nov 23, 2012 07:14am
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.
Nov 21, 2012 10:41am
or may be to the Higher Courts.... :)
Nov 21, 2012 10:26am
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
Nov 21, 2012 08:12am
Its kind of funny. Pakistan doesn't want him back in Pakistan, but are upset that he has to report to police in India.
Nov 21, 2012 08:11am
what are you talking about? what dignity? it is a procedure. so?
Nov 21, 2012 06:49am
Now Musharraf know his true value.
Honest Belief
Nov 21, 2012 08:27pm
No need. The former Indian President was treated the same way. LOL
Nov 21, 2012 08:28pm
Hate all who are well wishers....nature of thankless pakistanis They hate Jinnah too for creation of nation....ask Mullahs!!!
gir na
Nov 21, 2012 08:43am
still they continue to come and report in police station
Nov 23, 2012 04:47am
He is not a politician, he is a soldier who forgot his oath. He never went through election process.
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
Nov 23, 2012 08:19am
What's the big deal , nobody should be above the law.
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
Nov 23, 2012 08:21am
You are so right
Nov 23, 2012 11:58am
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
Nov 23, 2012 01:04am
Wisdom galore!
Nov 21, 2012 10:38am
Nov 21, 2012 09:16am
Had he landed in Islamabad, he would have to directly report to the Police Station.. :)
A s ahmed
Nov 21, 2012 12:47pm
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
Nov 21, 2012 12:52pm
Why he likes to visit india frequently,despite knowing they are hostile to him.
Nov 21, 2012 07:49am
"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
Nov 21, 2012 01:02pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 01:23pm
That is our internal matter. Why are you so disturbed?
Nov 21, 2012 01:39pm
No based on his track record, he thinks he is above the law.
Jamshed Khan
Nov 21, 2012 02:01pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 02:15pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 02:23pm
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
Nov 21, 2012 02:24pm
If he landed in Pakistan, he would have to go straight to jail. This treatment is better than that.
mc duffy
Nov 21, 2012 02:50pm
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)
Nov 22, 2012 11:06am
It was an unfortunate mistake. Please don't turn it to a prestige issue.
mc duffy
Nov 21, 2012 02:53pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 07:53am
As far as Mussaraf 's foreign Policy in his term as president of Pakistan, perhaps one of the best.....
Nov 21, 2012 03:44pm
Why! Pakistan is his country.
Nov 21, 2012 04:12pm
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
Nov 21, 2012 04:35pm
But they got one.
Nov 22, 2012 09:10am
For the same reason any Pakistani actor, singer etc. visit India - It is all about Money - Honey.
Harbhajan Singh
Nov 21, 2012 04:50pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 09:04am
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
Nov 21, 2012 09:22am
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.
Nov 23, 2012 02:57pm
open your mind and you will have a better understanding of naqvi's writings
Jamshed Khan
Nov 21, 2012 07:37am
Has this man no dignity left, for himself or for his country?
Nov 22, 2012 04:46am
yeah right honest mistake...
Nov 21, 2012 07:09pm
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 ....
Nov 22, 2012 04:02pm
The saying speaks volumes of the people who preach it.
Nov 22, 2012 03:53pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 06:13pm
How about Ali Zafar, Adnan Sami, Veena Malik, etc.......
Nov 21, 2012 09:14pm
I wonder who they are :P
Nov 21, 2012 09:13pm
Its funny that so many indians are so much interested in pakistani politicians and newz.
Nov 21, 2012 09:12pm
The 66 dislikes are racist and have double standards, Need to be educated.
A Khan
Nov 21, 2012 06:28pm
Because what he did in Pakistan is an issue between him and his people. Bottom line - he's still our citizen.
Sehrish Amber
Nov 21, 2012 06:22pm
Pakistan and India are tied to extradition treaty. He should be deported from India to report first in Pakistani police station.
Nov 21, 2012 10:47pm
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
Nov 21, 2012 06:40pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 04:01pm
i think he is the only pakistani politician who has political wisdom and international audience like to hear him as well
Nov 21, 2012 09:32pm
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.
Nov 21, 2012 06:43pm
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.
Nov 22, 2012 12:25am
India no India who care about India and Musharraf.
Khan Bhai
Nov 22, 2012 01:12am
What part of invitation do you not understand? He didnt go to Delhi for a stroll.
Devil's Tutor
Nov 22, 2012 01:16am
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............
Nov 23, 2012 02:39pm
fitting treatment
prakash J
Nov 22, 2012 03:47am
whether he lands in India or Pakistan he is destined to go to police station.
Nov 24, 2012 11:47am
Since when muslims started getting enlightened?