Saudi Arabia’s interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif was on a day-long visit to Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting was scheduled with his Pakistani counterpart Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, he also met with Noor ul Haq Qadri.
During the meeting, Umrah and Hajj pilgrims’ visa and immigration issues under COVID-19 standard operating procedures were discussed between the two dignitaries.
Initially, interior minister decided to include Lahore and Karachi in ‘Road to Makkah Project, News broadcaster reported.
The decision was also taken that pilgrims from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi will directly land at the Makkah airport and their luggage will directly be transported to their hotels.
Once these cities are included in the Road to Makkah project the pilgrims will not undergo custom checking at the Saudi airports.
Cities inclusion agreement will be finalized and announced on the eve of the Hajj agreement this year.