Pakistan president receives Makkah Grand Mosque imam

Pakistani President Arif Alvi (right) meeting with Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, in Islamabad on April 15, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 16 April 2019
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Pakistan president receives Makkah Grand Mosque imam

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi on Monday received in Islamabad Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

“Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia, which are fraternal relations based on religious and cultural commonalities,” Alvi said.

Saudi-Pakistani relations are characterized by their shared visions on regional and international issues, as well as a shared desire to address the challenges facing the Muslim world, he added.

Alvi hailed the Saudi leadership’s efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques, and the services provided to pilgrims every year.

He also hailed the Kingdom’s support of regional security and stability, as well as Muslim causes.

Alvi thanked the Kingdom for supporting Pakistan and its people in difficult times, noting recent Saudi support for his country’s economy.

He expressed good wishes on behalf of Pakistan’s government and people to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people.

Al-Juhani thanked Alvi for his kind sentiments and warm reception, as well as the hospitality he experienced during his visit to Pakistan.

Al-Juhani conveyed the compliments of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and their wishes for Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki and senior Pakistani officials.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.