Saudi Arabia Restores Pakistan’s Hajj Quota And Lifts The Age Restriction


On Monday, the Ministry of Religious Affairs declared that Saudi Arabia has eliminated the age restriction for Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan and returned the quota to the level it had been at before the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Saudi authorities have reportedly sent a copy of the annual Hajj agreement to Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Mufti Abdul Shakoor, in which the country’s previous Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims is restored and the age restriction of 65 years is removed.

The minister of religious affairs is now in Saudi Arabia for the duration of the four-day International Hajj Conference. In Saudi Arabia, the minister met with his counterpart and other government officials.

The government estimates that applications for Hajj would be open by the end of February this year. After the Hajj Policy 2023 is approved by the federal cabinet, the minister will make an announcement.

Meanwhile, Tawfiq al-Rabi’ah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah, claims that 19 delegations, including those from Pakistan, India, and Iran, signed Hajj agreements.

The number of pilgrims, their arrival and departure dates, and the kinds of assistance they will get are all laid out in these agreements.

The Saudi minister said that Turkey, Sudan, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, and Bahrain are also signatories to the Hajj Agreement.

In addition, a group comprised of ministers from twelve nations met with the minister, who then briefed the delegations on the new amenities made available to Hajj pilgrims by the Saudi government.


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