Tariq Ullah Wardak
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs has said that procedures will be worked out for the refund of Hajj pilgrims. Only a limited number of people residing in Saudi Arabia are allowed to perform Hajj

Spokesman of the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs Pakistan has said that the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued a press release regarding the payment of Hajj.  The Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has contacted the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri on telephone.

In a telephone conversation, Dr. Saleh bin Bintan formally announced the decision regarding Hajj “this year only Saudi citizens and residents will be able to perform the Hajj”.

Spokesman further said that “The Saudi government has apologized for hosting foreign pilgrims due to the global corona virus”.

Spokesman as saying that the Ministry of Religious Affairs had called an emergency meeting under the new situation “procedure’s will also be worked out for the refund of Hajj pilgrims”.

The Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, diplomatic staff and the Pakistan Hajj Directorate will represent Pakistan this year.
The Saudi government has announced that it will allow a limited number of pilgrims due to the Corona virus.

According to Arab media, only citizens of all countries residing in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to perform Hajj.  Pilgrims from all over the world, including Pakistan, will not be able to go for Hajj this year. The Saudi government in March urged all countries not to take steps related to Hajj and Umrah.

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