Pakistan stops working on Haj after Saudi Arabia’s letter

Pakistan stops working on Haj after Saudi Arabia’s letter
Islamabad: Saudi Arabia has barred Pakistan from making any deals regarding upcoming Haj 2020 amid fears of coronavirus outbreak.

After receiving a letter from the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Pakistan officials have stopped working on haj operations.

The kingdom is assessing the situation continuously, the ministry said, adding that it will update the country if coronavirus situation improves.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia imposed ban on entry to and exit from Riyadh, and the holy cities of Makkah and Medina, besides restricting intra-provincial movement, to control the spread of novel coronavirus.

The country also introduced the 21-day curfew on Monday after registering a sharp rise in cases. The total number of cases spiked to 767 in the country while it has recorded first coronavirus death on Wednesday.