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Saudi govt bars Pakistan for Hajj 2020 contracts

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Saudi Minister Hajj has sent a letter to the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Pakistan saying it should not sign the Hajj contract in keeping the view of the Coronavirus.

The letter states that the Saudi government is monitoring the situation and will inform as soon as the situation improves.

Spokesman Religious Affairs Amir Bashir Siddiqui said that the government has stopped work on the treaties on the direction of the Saudi government. Religious Affairs Minister Noorulhaq Qadri has also contacted Saudi Minister Hajj.

According to the spokesman, Saudi Minister Hajj has assured that if possible, Hajj will be done. Saudi authorities are monitoring the situation and consultation is in progress.

Earlier in the day, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Peer Noorul Haq Qadri denied the news circulating on social media about halting Hajj arrangements.

In his statement, the Minister for Religious Affairs said that there is no truth in the news that the government had stopped the Hajj arrangements.

Saudi authorities will consult with major Muslim countries before such an announcement. Saudi Ministry of Hajj has suggested to finalize the final contract for transport, hotel and building, Peer Noorul-Haq Qadri said.

It is to be noted that the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Saudi Arabia like in the world and the number of Corona affected people has risen to 900 while 2 people have died.

The Saudi government is locking down the country, while curfew has been implemented at fixed times throughout the country, especially in the capital Riyadh, Makkah, and Madinah.

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