Hajj Applicants to Get Money Back Soon in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri on Tuesday announced to refund the money deposited by the successful applicants for Government Hajj Scheme-2020 after Saudi Arabia had limit the number of pilgrims owing to coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after Saudi Arabia’s announcement of holding Hajj 2020 with “a very limited number” pilgrims from among those already residing in the kingdom, Imran Siddiqui, the ministry spokesperson, said in a statement.

Before the emergence of coronavirus, a total 179,210 Pakistanis had registered themselves to perform Hajj this year. They included 107,526 intending pilgrims under the government scheme and 71,684 under the private scheme.

The Saudi government announced that it would bar arrivals from abroad for the Hajj and Siddiqui said that Pakistani envoy, diplomatic officials and the Pakistan Hajj Directorate in the kingdom would represent the country this year.

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