In 2019, Fishel Khalid, became the first Pakistani Jew to travel to Israel. Khalid, who had declared himself as a ‘Jew’ was issued a fresh passport by the Pakistani authorities, which mentioned his religion as ‘Judaism’. Khalid was in contact with NADRA since 2016 to get himself registered as a Jew and after a long battle his claim was admitted by the government.
Khalid was permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to travel Israel on the Pakistani passport, which is otherwise not possible due to an official ban. He was the first person in public knowledge allowed to travel Israel on official documents.
Khalid told BBC that he requested Prime Minister Imran Khan through ‘Pakistan Citizen Portal’ that he wanted to go Israel on his passport. The tiny religious community of 200 Jew members which are scattered throughout the country may be on the verge of disappearing.
Most of the Jews currently living in Pakistan belong to the first generation. The second and third generations have migrated in the last four to five decades. Even most of the senior Jews are dual nationals and shuttle between Pakistan and their second homes, according to Fishel.
Most of the local Jews reside in the capital, Islamabad, in addition to Karachi, Lahore and some cities.