We are listing always conversion of religion in Islam from another religion, but vice versa seldom known. Fishel Benkhald, 29, has finally won the right to confess the religion of his choice – Judaism.
Recently the Minister of Interior has given the green signal in response to his application where he had sought ‘conversion/correction’ of his religion from Islam to Judaism in his national identity documents.
According to country’s top database authority, Behkhald is registered as a Muslim. Faisal, as he is known in his current identity documents, was born to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother in Karachi in 1987. He was registered as a Muslim due to his father’s religion.
Though recently, he made an appeal to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to allow him to return to the religion of his choice, Judaism, by correcting his faith in a Smart Card he had applied for last year.
According to some reliable sources of interior ministry NADRA, which was in a fix over the issue, had asked for the ministry’s opinion to correct the religion of a former Muslim. In its response, the ministry said in writing that “the applicant may be allowed to practice religion of [his] choosing and preference”.
Usually NADRA turns down such kind of sensitive issues, Although the interior ministry has given the green signal, NADRA has yet to issue a Smart Card after correcting Benkhald’s religion.
Recently a document consisting correspondence between the ministry of interior and NADRA over the issue had taken place in February-March 2017.
Benkhald thanked the authorities, especially the interior ministry and NADRA, for granting him the right to profess religion of his choice.