Saudi Arabia has allowed 60,000 people from across the world, including Pakistan, to perform Hajj, Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi said late Saturday.

Maulana Ashrafi said the Saudi government would later inform Pakistan authorities about the number of pilgrims that will be allowed to perform Hajj this year.

He said people below the age of 18 and over 60 years will not be allowed to go for Hajj, while the pilgrims would have to quarantine in Saudi Arabia for three days.

Tahir Ashrafi said that Saudi authorities have declared vaccination mandatory for pilgrims.

The Pakistan government has requested Saudi authorities to register the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine for pilgrims.

According to a report, Saudi Arabia has issued a list of recommended vaccines, which does not include vaccines manufactured in China. The recommended vaccines include Pfizer, Oxford, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.

Last year, only 10,000 people living in Saudi Arabia were allowed to perform Hajj due to Covid-19 pandemic.


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