Saudi envoy vows to resolve Umrah visas crisis


Islamabad, June 13 (TNS): Taking notice of TNS report about visa crisis, acting Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Marwan Ridwan Mirdad  on Tuesday said that with the increase of twenty percent quota around one hundred and eighty thousand Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year.

TNS last week reported that tens of thousands Umrah pilgrims facing trouble as Umrah-visa crisis hit Saudi Consulate in Karachi.

“Confirmed air tickets and hotel bookings of thousands pilgrims, applied for Umrah visa in holy month of Ramazan, have been cancelled”, TNS has reported.

Saudi envoy was talking to media persons in Islamabad in the wake of visa problems being faced by the Pakistani Umrah pilgrims.

The Acting Ambassador said that the delay in the issuance of visas was due to shortage of visa stickers and the problem will be resolved in next three days.

He said over six hundred thousand visas have so far been issued from Islamabad and five hundred thousand from Karachi to the Umrah pilgrims.