Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia ‘our guests’: Saudi govt

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Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia ‘our guests’: Saudi govt

RIYADH: Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that Pakistani pilgrims stranded in the kingdom due to their flights’ cancellation will be the guests of the ministry, ARY News reported on Friday.
In a message on Twitter, the ministry said that: “Under the leadership of the Khadim-e-Harmain Sharifain and on behalf of the Saudi Government and the Saudi Crown Prince, Pakistani Umrah pilgrims stuck in the holy cities are guests of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to provide them comfort, until the flights to Pakistan are resumed. “.
Pakistan had closed its airspace on Wednesday after tensions with India escalated following the violation of Pakistan’s territorial boundaries by Indian jets.
In response, Pakistan had shot down two Indian Air Force jets and had captured a pilot. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that the captured pilot would be released soon.
Pakistan’s civil airspace, however, would remain close till Friday afternoon. Flights to and from Pakistan remain suspended since two days.
The flight operations are expected to normalise after Friday midday, it was learnt.

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