E-visa facility for Pakistani pilgrims as Saudi Arabia increase hajj quota to 200,000

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri says Saudi Arabia has decided to provide E-Visa facility to Pakistani pilgrims.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan, during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince to Islamabad, had requested him that Pakistani pilgrims should be facilitated in immigration process at their own country.
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said immigration facility is now being extended to Lahore and Islamabad, after Karachi and the Pakistani pilgrims will not need waiting for long hours at Saudi airports now.
Meanwhile, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the Saudi government has announced the increase of Pakistan’s Hajj quota to 200,000.
Speaking to Pakistan Television, FM Qureshi said the message was conveyed to him by his Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir during a telephonic conversation. “The government and people of Pakistan are thankful to the Saudi government for this commendable step,” he said.
“Saudi Arabia has increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan from the existing 184,210 pilgrims to 200,000 to facilitate more people from the brotherly country to perform Hajj,” Qureshi shared.
The foreign minister appeared upbeat over the development and said he has informed Prime Minister Imran Khan about the Kingdom’s decision. Terming the development as another gift from Kahdim-e-Harmain Sharifain for the people of Pakistan, Qureshi said it would provide an opportunity to more people from the country to fulfill their religious obligation.
Moreover, he thanked Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as well as the Government of Saudi Arabia for their kind gesture on his as well as on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan.


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