ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Wednesday said the government had decided to refund the amount to all Pakistani intending pilgrims of Hajj.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said the refund procedure would be started soon and the intending pilgrims would be informed through SMS after completing necessary procedure.
Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri also welcomed the decision taken by the Saudi Arabian government about conduction of Hajj on a limited scale this year.
He said this decision has been taken in accordance with the Shariah keeping in view of the current situation.
Saudi Arabia has announced not to allow international pilgrims and hold Hajj this year with a very limited number of pilgrims already residing in the Kingdom owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Ministry of Hajj said in a statement on Twitter that the decision has been taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols.
The statement said as the COVID-19 has spread to over 180 countries, it is important to consider the risks of the disease spreading in crowded gatherings where it is difficult to maintain safe social distancing.