Thursday, June 30, 2022

Saudi Arabia delays biometric verification for Umrah pilgrims


ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia on Friday announced to delay implementation of biometric system verification for Umrah pilgrims until December 01.

A notification issued by Saudi Arabian consulate said Umrah pilgrims would be able to get visas through same old way for now.

“Saudi Arabia gives priority to Pakistani people’s interests over all other things,” said the notification.

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Earlier, Saudi Arabia had introduced biometric verification system for those going for Umrah, however, he company supposed to carry out this task did not make proper arrangements which ultimately created big trouble for the pilgrims.

The Saudi embassy said once done, the biometric verification would provide relief to the people of Pakistan from waiting in long queues at Jeddah airport.

The Umrah aspirants should take appointment from Etimad for biometric registration to avoid trouble.

The fingerprint data collecting company has its centers in federal and provincial capitals only and in the meantime, it will expand its network to other cities as well.


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