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PR No.23 Islamabad: August 9, 2018

The Ambassador of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khan Hasham bin Saddique, called on Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, at his office in Makkah. Pakistan’s Director General for Hajj Mission, Sajid Yousafani, was also accompanying the envoy, says a press release received here today from Jeddah. The Ambassador thanked and appreciated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for excellent arrangements for Hajjaj. Further, Ambassador discussed matters specific to Pakistani Hajjaj and the increase in Pakistani pilgrims’ quota, in accordance with recent census in Pakistan. The Minister for Hajj and Umrah told the Ambassador that the Saudi Government was working tirelessly to upgrade the facilities for the Hajjaj. He also shared the intention of the Government to increase accommodation in Mina by using new innovations and technologies. Saudi Civil Defence was already evaluating the feasibility and security aspects of the Mina Project. The Ambassador of Pakistan commended the Saudi government’s new "Road to Makkah” project and proposed to initiate it from Pakistan. Dr. Saleh expressed interest in the Ambassador’s proposal. The Road to Makkah project envisages completion of all immigration requirements at airport of origin, saving precious time and energies of the Hujjaj as well as those facilitating them.

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