ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said here today Pakistan & Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were tied in strong religious, cultural and historic bonds.
“Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Our sorrow, happiness, and destination are the same. Both the countries are the symbol of peace, brotherhood, progress, and prosperity”, he said.
He expressed these views while talking to Imam-e- Kaaba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani who called on him at Parliament house said a news release.
The speaker said every Muslim in Pakistan has great respect and affection to the custodian of the Al Harmain Al Shareefen.
The Speaker said the Muslim world was facing multiple challenges at present and Muslim countries have to create unity among their ranks and shun differences to overcome these challenges.
While appreciating the role of KSA to unite the Muslim Ummah, he said unity and close cooperation between Muslim countries was the need of the hour.
He said following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was the only solution of all socio-economic issues being faced by the world.
He added that Islam teaches peace and brotherhood and abhor all kinds and manifestation of terrorism and extremism. He said KSA and Pakistan could defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism by enhancing cooperation and collaboration at all forums.
He mentioned that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA has strengthened the bilateral relations between both the nations.
The Speaker eulogized the efforts of Imam-e-Kaaba in spreading peace and great values of Islam all across the world. He also applauded the positive role of KSA in international affairs. He said KSA role in the world to resolve the conflict was exemplary.
Stressing the need for enhancing bilateral Parliamentary relations between both the nations, the Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan was committed to strengthen the relationship between Pakistan and KSA.
Imam-e- Kaaba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani has said that success in this world and hereafter would be possible by following the teachings of Islam. He mentioned that deviation from the golden principles of Islam and differences in the ranks of Muslim Ummah were causes of the increasing terrorism, extremism and other challenges being faced by the Ummah. He said Pakistan always ranked high in the eyes of the government of KSA.
Imam-e-Kaaba also led the Zuhr prayer at Speaker House and prayed for the peace and progress of Ummah. The Minister for Foreign Affair Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister for Health Amir Kiyani, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and Parliamentarians were also present on the occasion.
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DAMASCUS: Syria’s air defenses intercepted Israeli missile attack before day break on Wednesday in the southern province of Daraa, state news agency SANA reported.
The air defenses were triggered by a missile attack over the town of Harra in Daraa, said the report.
The attack caused damages, said SANA, adding that the Israelis launched an electronic warfare after the attack to jam the Syrian radar system.
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ISLAMABAD: The Hajj ritual training of the successful pilgrims of second hajj balloting has begun in their respective Haji camps, said Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony’s social media message.
The comprehensive training programs would continue till their departing to Hajj. The focus of the training would enable first timers to perform the Hajj rituals in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). The training would be imparted with the help of modules, charts, maps, sketches, lectures, and television.
The training also covers how to wear `Ahram’ and observe the sanctity of the holy places besides performing rituals at Madina and manners of offering prayers at Masjid- e- Nabvi and `Salam’ at `Roza e Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him).”
The flight schedule of government scheme pilgrims would be announced on June 19. The ministry has directed 7,309 successful pilgrims of second balloting to deposit their dues, passports in their respective banks by 14th June besides ensuring biometric verification by the same date.
The Ministry has made mandatory the availability of at least one-year valid machine-readable passport with each Hajj applicant. Intending Hajj applicants must arrange a machine-readable passport having validity up to 1st March 2019 to avoid any inconvenience. The vaccination of the pilgrims would be conducted 10 days prior to their scheduled flights. While first Hajj flight would depart from 4th July.
This year as many as 200,000 Pakistanis would perform Hajj including 117,000 through Government Scheme and 83,000 through the private scheme.
Pvt Hujjaj to report Etimad Centre for biometric verification
ISLAMABAD: The intending pilgrims of private hajj scheme have been asked to contact their nearest Etimad Visa Service Centers for biometric verification of their fingerprints.
According to a social media message of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and Hajj Group Organisers Association of Pakistan (HOAP), the biometric verification of the fingerprints of the intending pilgrims has been made mandatory by the Saudi government.
The Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs) have started receiving confirmation messages of uploading of the forms/particulars of their client pilgrims on the official website of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and they should approach their nearest Etimad Centre for verification by showing the confirmation messages of the ministry.
The intending pilgrims will have to bring original bank receipt, Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) and passport with them for the verification.
The biometric verification of intending pilgrims was being conducted at 26 Visa Service Centres of Etimad, in Faisalabad, Multan, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore. Peshawar, Quetta, Sukkar, Sialkot and Rahim Yar Khan.
The intending pilgrims below six years of age and over 80 years of age were exempted from biometric verification.
Hujjaj will not be allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia sans biometric verification.
The pilgrims who have not yet received the confirmation messages have been asked to contact their respective HGO.
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