Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement

On Sunday, the Pakistani government officially confirmed its participation in the annual Hajj pilgrimage by formalizing the agreement. The signing ceremony saw Caretaker Religious Affairs Minister Aneeq Ahmed representing Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Minister, Taufiq bin Fauzan Al-Rabiah, endorsing the accord.

Both parties expressed their dedication to ensuring optimal facilities for Pakistani pilgrims, with a specific focus on providing a designated and cost-effective area in Mina—an integral location during the Hajj pilgrimage. Aneeq Ahmed, who had recently visited Saudi Arabia along with ministry officials, underscored the significance of collaborative efforts to enhance the pilgrimage experience for Pakistani nationals.

Pakistan had previously conducted a ballot to select over 60,000 Muslims for the government’s Hajj scheme. With a total allocation of approximately 180,000 seats for Hajj, encompassing both government and private operators, this agreement solidifies the arrangement between the two countries for the upcoming pilgrimage.

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