As per an official announcement from Islamabad, the number of Pakistani nationals embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has surpassed 40,000. The Saudi government has granted Pakistan its regular Hajj quota and eliminated the upper age limit, allowing approximately 80,000 Pakistani pilgrims to participate in the government program, while others have the option to go through private tour operators.
A total of 158 flights have been organized to transport the pilgrims. Presently, there are 27,686 Pakistanis in Madinah and 13,095 in Makkah. The journey for the initial group of pilgrims commenced on May 22 from Madinah, where they spent a week before proceeding to Makkah. Additionally, over 1,000 pilgrims facilitated by private operators have also arrived in Saudi Arabia.
To ensure adherence to standards and regulations, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has conducted evaluations of 12 Hajj groups and established a helpline to address any queries or concerns from the pilgrims. The Hajj pilgrimage, a religious obligation for physically and financially capable adult Muslims, takes place in the sacred cities of Makkah and Madinah.