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President Alvi arrives in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

MEDINA: President Dr Arif Alvi reached Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday night, ARY News reported. According to details, Dr Alvi was welcomed at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport by Prince Saud Bin Khalid Bin Faisal, the deputy governor of the holy city, Pakistani Consul-General Shehryar Akbar Khan, as well as other top officials. During his stay in Medina, the Pakistani president will visit the Roza-e-Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him) before heading to Makkah to perform Umrah. In October, President Arif…

More than 535,423 Umrah visas issued in 2018

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 535,423 of which 278,706 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to Saudi Hajj and Umrah Ministry. There are 202,792 pilgrims still in the Kingdom 140,848 in Makkah and 61,944 in Madinah. Most pilgrims 261,187 came to the Kingdom by air, while 17,519 entered by land. None arrived by sea. The largest number of pilgrims arrived from Pakistan (119,776) followed by India (72,442), Indonesia (31,729), Yemen (7,337) and Jordan (6,447). The Vision 2030…

Doors of Khana-e-Kaaba opened for PM Khan

RIYADH: The doors of Khana-e-Kaaba were especially opened for Prime Minister Imran Khan to have a rare visit inside the holy place as he performed Umrah on Tuesday night. The prime minister along with his delegation performed Umrah in Makkah-tul-Mukarama last night. On his arrival in Haram-e-Makki, the doors of Khana-e-Kaaba were specially opened for him. He offered Nawafil there and prayed for the peace and stability of Muslim Ummah and Pakistan. The premier, who is in Saudi Arabia on a two day visit, will hold…

Saudi govt to jail overstaying Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Ministry of Religious Affairs in Saudi Arabia has warned that the Umrah pilgrims overstaying in the Kingdom will face a fine of fifty thousand Riyal and six-month imprisonment after expiry of their Umrah visa. The Ministry said additional imprisonment will have to be imposed in case of failure to deposit the fine. It said license of the tour operators will be canceled along with other strict penalties if the Umrah pilgrims do not return within scheduled period. As per the officials of the Ministry of…

Saudi embassy confirms – No Ban on Qatari pilgrims to perform Hajj, Umrah

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi embassy has confirmed for no ban on the citizens of Qatar to perform Hajj or Umrah. They pleasantly welcome Qatari pilgrims and will support them to offer them full facilities like before. According to Saudi embassy spokesman, since first day it was decided by kingdom to split diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar. However, they confirmed their contemplation towards the Qatari brothers and to assist them in order to perform their rituals with ease. This, it added, has been done despite the…

PIA announces reduction in Umrah fares 

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced reduction in Umrah fares as a good will gesture on New Year. According to details, the deal has been started from Wednesday (today) and will continue till 31st of the month of January. People travelling from Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan and Peshawar would purchase return ticket for forty three thousand rupees while fare for Karachi has dropped to thirty-five thousand rupees excluding tax.

PIA adds 11 extra flights for Umrah in November

KARACHI: PIA has planned to operate 11 extra Boeing-777 flights between November 21 and 30, 2016 in view of Umrah. According to PIA statement, these flights would operate from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. The flights are in addition to the four additional weekly flights to Jeddah that have already been added to PIA's winter schedule which was adopted at the start of November, taking the total number of weekly Jeddah flights from 21 to 25, adding a weekly capacity of more than 1000 passengers. During a meeting…

Pakistan should urge Saudi Arabia to reconsider Umrah visa fees: TAA

KARACHI: Pakistan should contact the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and urge to reconsider the exponential increase in Umrah fees. The call was made by the Travel Agents Associations of Pakistan, who appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to request Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to reconsider the new Umrah visa fees policy. They said that both countries enjoy brotherly and fraternal relations, but the rise in Umrah fees can deprive many people of the sacred pilgrimage. According to the new visa…