Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Hajj quota had been increased by 20,000 after Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the requested crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to do so during his visit to Pakistan, stated while addressing a Hajj training ceremony arranged by private Hajj operators in Multan.
“We are aware of the problems of the masses and using all resources to resolve them”, Qureshi said and added the masses would observe good results soon as a result of public-friendly policies of the government.
He added that the Saudi government has included Pakistan in the Road to Makkah project, following a special request from Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He informed that the premier has issued special instructions to the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide maximum relief to the intending pilgrims.
Imran Khan is the first ruler who took up the issue of Pakistani prisoners with Saudi government which responded positively, Qureshi said.
At the same time, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony says eight thousand one hundred and nineteen intending pilgrims under government Hajj Scheme have reached Madina Munawara through thirty-four Hajj flights. They will stay in Madina Munawara for eight days and then leave for Makkah Mukarma.
A spokesperson of Ministry said residences have been acquired in Markazia area, which is near to Haram Sharif.
Later, talking to the media here on Sunday, he said that the video screened by the PML-N at a recent press conference has been negated by the judge in question. After the statement of accountability court judge Arshad Malik, there was no credibility of that video, he said. “A forensic audit of the video will be conducted through which credibility of the video will be proved,” he added.
In addition, he stated that PML-N’s claim to have more videos was a mere supposition and that he did not wish to comment on it. Maryam Nawaz was not stopped from holding a public meeting at Mandi Bahauddin, but was asked to change location for security reasons, he said.
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