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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Expedite Expansion of ‘Road to Makkah’ Project to Karachi

Islamabad, Pakistan – The governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have reached an agreement to fast-track the expansion of the ‘Road to Makkah’ project to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, according to official reports.

During a meeting at the Chief Minister House, Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh province, and Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Said Al-Malky discussed the project’s significance and expressed their eagerness to implement it swiftly for the benefit of pilgrims from Sindh.

The ‘Road to Makkah’ initiative, a crucial component of Saudi Arabia’s Guests of God Service Program, aims to facilitate pilgrims by allowing them to complete immigration clearance at their departure airports in Pakistan, rather than upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.

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This development follows a recent visit by a 12-member delegation from Saudi Arabia to Karachi airport, where they explored the possibilities of expanding the project to the city’s international terminal.

Previously, Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs had announced plans to extend the Makkah Route Initiative beyond Islamabad International Airport, where it is currently operational, with Karachi being a key target for expansion.

The ‘Road to Makkah’ project is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy by enhancing the experience of pilgrims and streamlining their journey to the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah.

Both governments have agreed to expedite the fulfillment of all necessary requirements to ensure the timely commencement of the project at Jinnah International Airport, facilitating a smoother and more convenient pilgrimage experience for Pakistani pilgrims from the city of Karachi and surrounding areas.

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