Saudi government takes strict notice of sale of Umrah visas.
ISLAMABAD, August 24, 2009 (Frontier Star): The Saudi embassy has
taken a strict notice of sale of its Umrah visas, and requested the
federal religious minister to stop requesting visa grants. Responsible
sources of ministry of Religious Affairs have confirmed to Online, that
the Saudi ambassador, Abdul Aziz bin Al-Saleh had directly contacted the
religious minister, Hamid Saeed Kazmi in this context, informing him of
sale of the visas, for a price of Rs. 40, 000/- per visa, while the said
issue has also created quite serious kind of suspicions, even for staff
members of the Saudi embassy. The federal religious minister has assured
that he would not be vouching for the ordinary/ general public, but
rather Parliamentarians. However sources have said that majority of
those recommended for Umrah visas were general public, wishing an Umrah
in the Holy month of Ramadan.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)