A 51-member delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived here on Sunday to review the arrangements made to assist Haj pilgrims under pilot project “Road to Makkah”. The team will extend immigration clearance after scrutinizing the traveling documents of the Pakistani pilgrims at Islamabad airport.
Under the “Road to Makkah” project — that has been initiated by Saudi Arabia to facilitate Muslim pilgrims — all immigration requirements are fulfilled at the airport of origin. The project also includes other Muslim countries, like Indonesia and Malaysia.
The project is initially being launched in Islamabad and will be extended to other cities later on based on its success.
Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs M Mushtaq Ahmed, Joint Secretary Zeenat Hussain Bangash and other high officials welcomed the Saudi delegation.