‘Hajj quota for Pak­istani pil­grims in­creased’

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - BUSINESS -

Pakistan’s Re­li­gious Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf and Saudi Hajj and Um­rah Min­is­ter Mo­hammed Saleh bin Ta­herBentin in a meet­ing in Jed­dah de­cided that the num­ber of pil­grims from Pakistan vis­it­ing Saudi Ara­bia to per­form Hajj will rise to 179,210 in 2017.

Arab News, quot­ing a press re­lease, re­ported that a for­mal agree­ment to this ef­fect will be signed later. Re­li­gious Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Khalid Ma­sood Chaudhry, Pakistan Am­bas­sador Man­zoorul Haq and Hajj Direc­tor Gen­eral Syed Sa­jid Yousafani also at­tended the meet­ing.

The Pak­istani min­is­ter vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia with the aim of fi­naliz- ing the Hajj ar­range­ments and other is­sues re­lat­ing to Hajj 2017. He held talks with top Saudi of­fi­cials. The min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the last year’s Hajj ar­range­ments.

“We con­grat­u­late King Sal­man for the suc­cess­ful Hajj op­er­a­tions in 2016.” He also thanked the Saudi Hajj and Um­rah min­is­ter for his sup­port in in­creas­ing the quota for Pak­istani pil­grims.

Dur­ing talks with Pakistan’s del­e­ga­tion, the Saudi min­is­ter said that Pak­istani Hajj of­fice played an im­por­tant role in Hajj prepa­ra­tions with their Saudi coun­ter­parts. He also con­grat­u­lated Pakistan’s Hajj au­thor­i­ties for their ef­forts in en­sur­ing the suc­cess of Hajj op­er­a­tions and pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vices to pil­grims.

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