Following the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince—Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), Saudi Arabia has increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan.
The quota has been raised to up to 200,000 as informed by the foreign minister—Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday.
He said that he was told about the increase in Hajj quota on a telephonic conversation with his Saudi counterpart.
Qureshi further said that the decision of Saudi Arabia of increasing the quota has been forwarded to the Minister for Religious Affairs—Noorul Haq Qadri and added that the government and people of Pakistan are grateful to the Kingdom for the appreciable step.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia has also permitted Pakistani Hajj pilgrims to complete their immigration process in Pakistan instead of getting it done in Saudi Arabia, after making Pakistan a part of their Road to Makkah project.
This service would be providing pre-clearance of immigration to the pilgrims at their respective places from where they would be embarking on the holy journey.
The request of Hajj quota increase was put forward by the Prime Minister—Imran Khan and the Ministry of Religious Affairs on the 2-day visit of the Saudi Crown Prince.
Last year, an additional 5,000 quota was granted to Pakistan by the Saudi authorities.
This week MbS was given a memorable welcome in Pakistan where both the countries signed MoUs for cooperation in different fields for boosting the economy of Pakistan.