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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Will Sign Hajj Agreement Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will ink Hajj 2018 agreement on Thursday.

The agreement will blanket all terms and conditions and information regarding the holy journey for the country’s pilgrims.

The Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has left for Saudi Arabia. The ceremony to sign the agreement will be held on Wednesday, February 1.

An official from the ministry told HumNews that Sardar Yusuf will also discuss the delay in hajj balloting with the Saudi government.

The balloting was scheduled on January 26 but was postponed after the Sindh High Court (SHC) issued a stay order.

Earlier on January 25, The Lahore High Court had also prevented the ministry from holding the balloting of 17% quota in the government’s hajj scheme.

“The minister will officially inform the Saudi government about possible delays in Hajj arrangements because of the court’s stay order,” said the official.

New dates for the balloting are expected to be announced today.

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, it has received 3,74,800 applications this year. Out of these, 1,20,00 Hajj applications would be selected for the journey to Hajj this year.

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