Pakistan’s forest gump: Karachi to Makkah on foot for Hajj

Published: October 14, 2013

Kharlzada Kasrat Rai, 37, set off for his pilgrimage on June 7 from Karachi, and walked across Iran, Iraq and Jordan to arrive in Saudi Arabia on October 1, according to IANS.

Rai covered 6,387 km on foot to make his Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah.

Rai told al Arabiya television that he had ventured on his Hajj trek as a mission of peace.

“I want peace in the entire world and I want the Islamic nations to unite like the European Union,” he said, adding that he also wanted to “condemn terrorism in all its manifestations.”

Kasrat Rai is an experienced walker.

In 2007, he walked 1,999 km across his home country in 85 days.

In 2009, he covered a distance of 327 km from Lahore to Islamabad in 14 days.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • HS
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:06PM

    WOW! now this is a pakistani guy who i am proud off.


  • Sajid SIAL
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Lucky Person, It’s really maximum extraction of SAWAB and Allah Almighty accept his Hajj.


  • Kamran
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:34PM

    Good achievement! and good purpose of promoting peace. Well done!


  • Kafka
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:00PM

    @Dj: So walking is considered insanity in the place where you live !!


  • Baba Ji
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:06PM

    some achievement … shabaash … BTW for all the trolls here, if a western does it then it is a feat and if an asian, then insanity !!!!


  • Iram
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:09PM



  • jhanzeb
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:16PM

    go get a life


  • sarah
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:38PM

    To be part of the most magnificent gathering on earth :) it is an experience like no other.


  • JA
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:57PM

    @DJ: Is walking insanity? are you sane?????????


  • Khan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Good going mate


  • Imad Shah
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Well done hero


  • Taufiq
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:10PM

    Thats quite an improvement.

    In 2007, he walked 1,999 in 85 days (i.e. ~23.52km per day)
    In 2009, he walked 327 km in 14 days (i.e. ~23.35km per day)
    Now he walked 6,387 km in 116 days (7 June – 1 Oct) (i.e. 55km per day)

    More than double. Interesting


  • True Librel
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:59PM

    Masha Allah…! thumbs up mate and for all those western minded liberals just bash this guy because this is the only left in the world which actually soothes you..! Sigh


  • Ahmed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Wow.Amazing yar. Very lucky guy.


  • shehzad
    Oct 14, 2013 - 6:18PM

    PROUD OF U BRO!!!!!!!!

    Y didnt all of the channels gave him special coverage?…….oh i got it coz tats a good newsRecommend

  • Desi
    Oct 14, 2013 - 7:54PM

    I’m wondering how he arranged for security, Pakistanis are not well received in Iran and rest of middle east. He went through the country side, villages, deserts ..


  • ali ahmed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 8:54PM

    wonderful..well done…


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