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Measures taken to facilitate hajj pilgrims: Ghani

Measures taken to facilitate hajj pilgrims: Ghani

Jun 05, 2015 - 16:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday said necessity measures had been taken to facilitate Afghan pilgrims in their holy journey to Saudi Arabia for the performance of this year’s pilgrimage.

Talking to a number of religious scholars, who called on him at the Presidential Palace, the president urged the ulemainfo-icon to play their role in major national issues, saying his government sought to reduce the gap between mosqueinfo-icon and the Arg.

Ghani said the war had been imposed on Afghanistaninfo-icon and obtaining lasting peace was people’s and government’s top priority. He said ulema could play a major role in advancing the peace process.

The religious scholars also expressed their support for the government’s initiatives to bring durable peace to the country, the statement added.

The president assured necessity steps were in place to facilitate the travel of Afghan pilgrims to this year’s Hajjinfo-icon, saying he had sent his hajj and religious affairs minister to Saudi Arabia for this purpose.

The official quota for Afghan pilgrimages is 30,000, but last year 24,000 pilgrims could obtain hajj visas due to reconstructioninfo-icon and expansion works at the holy sites.




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