Pakistan government has been asked by the government of Saudi Arabia not to make any arrangements for the accommodation and traveling of the intending pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj. Considering the current condition of the coronavirus outbreak no final decision has been taken by the Kingdom regarding Hajj this year.
A letter was written by the Saudi Minister for Haj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bin Taher Bentan to his Pakistani counterpart Noor ul Haq Qadri to say that any agreement or arrangements of transportation and accommodation of intending pilgrims must be deferred.
The Saudi Minister said, “No agreements for the Haj 1441 should be made till the situation for coronavirus is known,” the Saudi minister said.
He gave his assurance that the Saudi government is keeping a close eye on the spread of COVID-19 and its effects.
Adding, “We will inform you about any progress made in this connection.”
As per the Saudi Minister, it is important to ensure the safety of intending pilgrims arriving at the two Holy Mosques in view of recommendations of health organizations following the global spread of coronavirus.
As per the Spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs, while quoting the Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will take the final decision about Haj.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs Imran Siddiqui said, “We will hold fresh balloting if the Saudi government decides that reduced number of faithful will perform Haj this year.”