Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement for Hajj 2020, which will allow as many as 200,000 Pakistanis to perform the religious duty next year.
The agreement was inked by the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, and his Saudi counterpart, Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bin Taher Beten in Makkah.
The new agreement has seen an increase in Pakistan’s quota from the previous 184,210 to 200,000. Under the agreement, the Saudi government has agreed to increase facilities for Pakistani pilgrims, including the expansion of Road to Makkah project to other Pakistani cities, provision of quality food, transport, and residential facilities.
A ten-member Pak-Saudi Joint Working Committee will be established for the timely resolution of pilgrims’ complaints.
Speaking about the increase of Hajj quota, the Saudi minister said that this year, there was a lack of space in Mina; however, the final decision in this regard will be made by the country’s interior ministry.
The Pakistani delegation, led by Minister for Religious Affairs, will sign more agreements securing different facilities for pilgrims.