Pakistan’s Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi has informed a parliamentary panel that the government soon is going to launch a ferry service for pilgrims to Iran, local media reported.
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has said that the federal government, in consultation with the government of Balochistan and other stakeholders, has prepared a comprehensive plan for the security and safety of pilgrims to Iran, local media reported.
A winch crane has collapsed near the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and left one person injured, raising fresh worries about the safety of pilgrims who visit the site from around the world.
Qatari hajj pilgrims began crossing into Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh reopened the border in a move that Doha welcomed but saw as "politically motivated" as regional tensions simmer.
Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi said on Tuesday that some 18,000 Iranian pilgrims out of the total number of 86,500 have so far arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj rituals.