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Pakistan allows man to convert from Islam to Judaism

In a rare move, Pakistan's interior ministry has allowed 29-year-old Fishel Benkhald to practice the religion of his "choice and preference"- Judaism.

The ministry recently responded to his application seeking a change of his religion from Islam to Judaism in his national identity documents.

Benkhald was born to a Muslim father a Jewish mother in Karachi in 1987 and in the country's top database authority he is registered as a Muslim because of his father's religion.

Recently, he applied for a change in religion and asked the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to correct his faith in a Smart Card he had applied for last year.

Although the interior ministry has given a green light, NADRA has not acted on it yet. "I haven't received my Smart-Card ID from NADRA as of now", Fishel told India Today.

There are very few Pakistani Jews, who usually hide their identity from the public. In fact, their records are also treated as top secret. 

Benkhald though listed himself as a Jew in the religion column during the census in the country.

 Click here to read the full article in India Today

Thursday, March 30, 2017
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