40,000 to 50,000 Pakistanis to perform Hajj this year: Minister

40,000 to 50,000 Pakistanis to perform Hajj this year: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has said that 40,000 to 50,000 Pakistanis may be allowed to perform the holy religious ritual of Hajj this year.

In an interview, he said that Hajj 2021 will be held in special circumstances with special rules, regulations, eligibility, standards and age restrictions.

Hajj pilgrims must strictly follow the SOPs (standard operating procedures) during the Hajj. "Only those who have been vaccinated against covid 19 will be allowed to perform Hajj this year and their ministry is ready to comply with this condition."

"Pilgrims under the age of 20 or over the age of 50 may not be allowed to perform the Hajj this year," he said.

Saudi Arabia can allow those who wish to perform Hajj in good health without any illness.

However, he said that the Saudi government has not yet given the green signal to move forward with Hajj arrangements as the various Saudi departments of Hajj, Umrah, Tourism, Health and Interior are still working to make Hajj safe and secure. Considering options.

Responding to a question, he said that efforts were underway to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr across the country on the same day.

Ruwait Hilal Committee will be given legal cover. He said that after the enactment of the law, violating the Ruwait-e-Hilal Committee would be a punishable offense.

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