Saudi Arabia would be increasing the Hajj quota for Pakistani Hajj aspirants. The decision to increase Hajj quota for Pakistan would be implemented from next year. More facilities would also be provided to the Umrah pilgrims, as informed by Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad—the Saudi Minister of Information.
The Saudi Minister while conversing with the Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony—Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Sunday said that the Saudi King would be taking decision about the provision of land for the construction of Pakistani houses in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
During the meeting, Qadri requested Dr Awwad for increasing the Hajj quota for Pakistani pilgrims and to provide more facilities to the Pakistani Umrah pilgrims. He also asked the visiting Saudi minister for providing land for the construction of Pakistan houses in Makkah and Madinah for facilitating the Pakistani pilgrims.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain—the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mumtaz Ali Shah—the Secretary of Religious Affairs, Nawaf Bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki—the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan and other officials of the ministry were also a part of this meeting. The Saudi minister said that the request for the provision of land would be presented before the Saudi King—Shah Salman for approval.
He expressed that during the visit of Imran Khan—the new Prime Minister of Pakistan to the Kingdom, the demand of land provision would also be granted.
Dr Awwad further said that both the nations share brotherly ties and said that the Saudi government would never leave Pakistan alone in any hard time.
Back in 2017, Saudi Arabia increased the Hajj quota for Pakistanis to one lac seventy-nine thousand two hundred and ten. In 2018, the Pakistani Hajj quota was further increased, and an extra five thousand people were permitted to perform Hajj.
Dr Awwad is on a good will visit to Pakistan for extending good wishes and greetings to the new leadership of Pakistan from the Saudi leadership. He expressed the willingness of the Saudi government of working closely with the new government of Pakistan for beginning a fresh chapter of bilateral relations.