15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Pakistan allows a citizen to register as a Jew E-mail

For the first time since the 1980s, Pakistan has allowed one of its 180 million citizens to publicly register as a Jew.

Fischel Benkald, 29, was notified in March that the religious status in his National Database and Registration Authority profile could be changed from Muslim to Jew, Fox News reported.

Benkald, who was born Faisal Benkald, was brought up by a Jewish mother and a Muslim father in Karachi. He had been pushing to change his national identity card status for three years. He chose the Yiddish name Fischel.

Wilson Chowdry, the chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, took up Benkald’s cause with the Pakistani High Commission in London.

In Pakistan, the national identity card is used for voting, purchasing public transportation tickets, applying to college, buying phones and more. It contains details of a person’s name, date of birth and religion, plus a photo and a thumbprint.

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