ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Tuesday rebuffed the rumors circulating on social media regarding the ban on Hajj this year amid coronavirus outbreak, ARY NEWS reported.
Responding to the rumors in a post on his Twitter account, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that there was no truth in reports regarding the ban on Hajj in 2020.
“The Hajj preparations are going on as usual and we are in continuous contact with the Saudi Hajj and Umrah ministry,” he said.
The federal minister said that there were no directives from the Saudi authorities to halt arrangements for Hajj. “The Saudi government will consult with top Muslim countries before taking any such decision,” he said.
He said that the Saudi ministry only asked them to postpone transport, hotel, and building bookings and it would be premature to say anything on Hajj 2020.
Qadri hoped that by the grace of Almighty Allah, the situation would improve as the Hajj nears. He further asked the masses to follow the official social media pages of the religious affairs ministry for authentic reports.
It is pertinent to mention here that Saudi Arabia suspended on Friday all domestic flights, buses, taxis, and trains for 14 days starting Saturday.
The move comes as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus which has spread panic in global markets and put several countries on virtual lockdowns.