Saudi Arabia has included Pakistan in its ‘Road to Makkah’ initiative under which Pakistani pilgrims will be able to get immigration clearance at Pakistani airports rather than waiting at Saudi airports for hours.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr. Noor ul Haq has said in a statement that Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken up this issue with the Saudi Crown Prince during his visit to Islamabad.
Acting upon his request, the Saudi government has now decided to provide e-visa facility to Pakistani pilgrims. The minister also said that the pilgrims can now receive the visa at their doorstep.
He revealed that the immigration facility will be extended to Islamabad and Lahore, after Karachi. Additionally, the Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister has announced an increase in the Haj quota for Pakistani pilgrims from 184,210 to 200,000 pilgrims.
This info has come from Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. “I thank the Saudi government, personally, as well as on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government of Pakistan and the people for this gesture,” said Qureshi.