On Thursday, PM Khan said that he would be requesting the government of Saudi Arabia to extend the Road-to-Makkah facility for all the Hajj pilgrims of Pakistan in future.
During a briefing session on the Hajj operations by PM’s advisor Muhammad Shahzad Arbab, the PM thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for introducing the Road-to-Makkah project for some Hajj pilgrims this year.
Under the project the Hajj pilgrims went via pre-departure immigration at the Islamabad International Airport, thus making the procedures easy for them before they landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as per a statement issued by the PM Office.
Shahzad Arbab had been given the task by the Prime Minister for overseeing the Hajj operations. He explained to the PM regarding the Hajj arrangements for providing ease to the pilgrims before, during and after the Hajj.
Pir Nur-ul-Haq Qadri—the Minister for Religious Affairs, Secretary foreign affairs, Secretary religious affairs and other senior officers also attended the briefing.
PM Khan was informed that nearly 22,000 Hajj pilgrims were given the Road-to-Makkah facility this year. These pilgrims did not go through the hassle of immigration after they landed in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the Hajj mission had decided for the transportation of the luggage of the pilgrims to their respective hotels.