Pakistani pilgrims will perform Haj this year, according to a new
agreement signed here on Thursday by Haj Minister Iyad Madani and
Muhammad Aazam Rathore, Pakistanís minister of religious affairs.
As a result of this agreement the number of Pakistani pilgrims
increases by 10,000 on the last year, said Rathore. Moreover, the
agreement covers all services, such as housing, transportation,
health, enlightenment and general safety.
Last Monday, Dr. Ali ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Khalaf, chief of the
Presidency of Civil Aviation, held talks with Pakistani Minister of
Islamic Affairs Dr. Mahmoud Ahmad Ghazi on airlifting Haj and Umrah
pilgrims from Pakistan.
Ghazi had also held talks with Haj Minister Madani.
Madani, meanwhile, has inked an agreement with the Sudanese Haj
Mission headed by Dr. Kamal Al-Deen Sayed Ahmad, deputy minister of
The number of Sudanese pilgrims this year will be 17,000, an increase
of 2,000, said Dr. Ahmad.
Madani said agreements were impending with around 50 other Muslim and