In Hajj 2024, Pakistani pilgrims will have improved accommodations at Mina and Arafat

The Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Aneeq Ahmed, has provided assurance that Pakistani pilgrims embarking on the Hajj journey will experience improved accommodations in Mina and Arafat. This affirmation follows the signing of the Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia and the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) dedicated to assisting Pakistani pilgrims.

While specific details regarding the locations remain undisclosed, the minister, along with officials from the Religious Affairs Ministry, is diligently working to ensure exceptional facilities for Pakistani pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj.

Mina, situated close to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, serves as a tent city for pilgrims participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Arafat, also in proximity to Mecca, holds special significance during Hajj for the “Wuquf” ritual, where pilgrims congregate for a pivotal part of the pilgrimage—the delivery of a sermon by the imam.

Approximately 180,000 seats are reserved for Pakistan in the upcoming Hajj, encompassing those designated for private Hajj operators. The government initially set a deadline of December 12th for the regular Hajj scheme, later extended to December 22nd. To encourage more applicants, individuals who had performed Hajj in the last 5 years were also permitted to apply.

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