Over 65,000 Pakistani Hajj pilgrims to utilize Makkah Route Initiative this year

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Mon, 2024-04-29 20:42

ISLAMABAD: Over 65,000 Pakistani pilgrims are set to benefit from Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Route Initiative during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, Pakistan’s religious affairs secretary said on Monday, compared with the 26,000 pilgrims who used the facility from the Pakistan capital in 2023.

Pakistani officials confirmed last week that Saudi authorities have approved the Makkah Route Initiative’s expansion to the airport in Karachi, the country’s most populous city.

Launched in 2019, the initiative was initially extended only to the airport in Islamabad.

Pakistan will launch Hajj 2024 operations from May 9 in eight airports across the country till June 9. (Supplied)
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