Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed al-Maliki, has said that the Saudi government has not yet decided to cancel the Hajj this year because of the Coronavirus.
In an interview with a local media channel, Nawaf bin Saeed al-Maliki said that “no decision has been made by the Saudi government to cancel the Hajj this year”.
He said that if there was a decision to cancel the Hajj, then the pilgrims would be made aware of the news in a timely manner.
“Similarly, those who went to Saudi Arabia for visit Visa or Umrah but could not return to their country will not be fined and there will be no legal action on visa revocation,” he said.
The Saudi ambassador said the decision to suspend flights to and from Saudi Arabia was taken as a precautionary measure to protect Saudi citizens, residents and Umrah pilgrims.
It should be noted that for the past few days, news of the cancellation of Hajj has been circulating on social media.
The Saudi government on February 27 temporarily suspended Umrah and tourism for the people of Coronavirus infected countries.
Later on, March 4, performing Umrah was temporarily suspended due to concerns over the Coronavirus.