The initiatives are aimed at mitigating the financial and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford, draws millions of pilgrims from around the world
Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj to around 1,000
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 minister met with the attorney general of Pakistan to discuss matters related to ministry of Religious Affairs.
Hajj quota for countries other than Saudi Arabia and Gulf could be reduced to 10 percent only, said the religious affairs minister.
The Hajj pilgrims could submit their medical certificates in the banks till April 30 – 2020.
Saudi authorities on Thursday barred Pakistan from finalizing agreements relating to Hajj 2020 arrangements.