Saudi Arabia has revived Pakistan’s pre-pandemic Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims with the draft of annual Hajj agreement removing the upper age limit of 65 years. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony’s spokesperson Muhammad Umar Butt informed APP that Minister Mufti Abdul Shakoor had requested the Saudi authorities to further reduce the mandatory Hajj expenses as it would help lessen the burden on the Pakistani pilgrims who wanted to perform Hajj. The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Fawzan Al Rabiah had given a positive indicator into the matter, he added. The spokesperson said the minister who is on an official visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia these days to attend the four-day Hajj Expo 2023 – a major exhibition and conference – met Osama Samkari, chairman of a bus transport company Nicaba Sayarat and discussed provision of better travel facilities to the pilgrims in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. He informed that Mufti Abdul Shakoor met with his Saudi counterpart among other several important figures and visited various organisations. He said the participants were briefed on modern Hajj arrangements and facilities in light of Saudi Vision 2030 at the conference. The spokesperson said this year, it would be mandatory for Hajj applicants to have a bank account in Pakistan and a machine-readable passport which should not be expired before December 26, for Hajj 2023.