As many as 200,000 Pakistanis would be performing Hajj in 2020 as per a deal signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The agreement was inked by the Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony—Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and his Saudi Arabian counterpart —Dr. Muhammad Saleh bin Taher Beten in Makkah Mukarma, as per the spokesperson of the Ministry—Imran Siddiqui in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The Pakistani delegation led by the Minister held negotiating deals with the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah and asked for more facilities for the Pakistani Hujjaj, including the surge of 20,000 in Hajj quota , the expansion of the Road to Makkah project to other cities of Pakistan, to make sure that the quality of food and better transportation facilities are offered to the Pakistani pilgrims.
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The Saudi Arabian Minister has taken the decision of setting up a 10 member Pak-Saudi Arabian Joint Working Committee for solving the issues launched by the pilgrims. The Committee would be issuing on the spot directives for resolving the complaints launched by the Hajj pilgrims.
Regarding the surge in the Pakistani Hajj quota, the Saudi Arabia Minister said that there was a shortage of space in Mina. But, the final decision for increasing the quota would be made by the higher authorities and the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry would be contacted for including more Pakistanis in the Road to Makkah Project.
The Pakistani delegation would be inking more agreements today about the provision of various facilities to the Pakistani Hajj pilgrims.