Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have signed Hajj agreement under which two hundred thousand Pakistanis will be able to perform Hajj next year. As per agreement, 200,000 Pakistanis would perform Hajj.
The initiative by Saudi Arabia was finalized during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s maiden visit to Pakistan in February. Some 22,000 Pakistani pilgrims were cleared for immigration and customs prior to their Hajj departure during this year’s pilot project in Islamabad.
The agreement was singed by Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and his Saudi counterpart Dr. Mohammed Bintan in Makkah on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabian Religious Affairs Minister said Pakistan’s ample role in Road to Makkah project made this project successful. Noor ul Haq Qadri said, “I will reach Jeddah on a five-day official visit on Tuesday to talk with Saudi authorities and sign an agreement for Hajj 2020,”
“Many things on our agenda,” such as the expansion of the Makkah Route initiative, Hajj quota and e-visa facilities, Noor ul Haq Qadri added. Thousands of Pakistani pilgrims have already benefited from the pilot program in Islamabad.
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17 November, 2019