Makkah Route expansion tops agenda as Pakistani minister visits Riyadh

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Wed, 2023-09-20 16:53

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s interim Religious Affairs Minister Aneeq Ahmed has embarked on a week-long visit to Riyadh to discuss expansion of the Makkah Route Initiative with Saudi officials ahead of the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage next year.

Pakistan has already received its quota of 179,210 pilgrims for the Hajj, prompting the ministry to begin its preparations for those who plan to undertake the spiritual journey.

Ahmed was briefed on Tuesday about arrangements by the country’s Hajj mission and is due to meet representatives from companies providing facilities to pilgrims.

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