Iraq ambassador tells minister Qadri on new policy for Pakistan Zaireen on Arbaeen.
Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan has informed the Minister for Religious Affairs that the Baghdad government would soon announce a new policy for the pilgrims intending to observe Arbaeen in Iraq.
Iraq ambassador tells minister Qadri
The ambassador Hamid Abbas Lafta called on federal minister Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Thursday at Iraqi Embassy to review ways to send pilgrims to Iraq for Arbaeen.
“The government of Baghdad will announce a comprehensive policy in the coming days about the travel of Pakistani pilgrims to Iraq to mark the 40th day of martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS), the third Imam of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) Infallible Household and 72 of his companions in 680 AD in a land in modern Iraq after they refused to pledge allegiance to the tyrant Yazid,” according to the statement issued regarding the meeting.
The two sides discussed the facilities for Pakistani citizens to travel to Iraq and other necessary measures.
Iraqi ambassador also briefed the Pakistani Minister on the pilgrimage policy and safety measures.
The future policy of the Iraqi government regarding the pilgrimage of Arbaeen will remain in accordance with the health protocols and the healthcare of the pilgrims.
Pakistan’s Minister of Religious Affairs called for effective measures to protect the health of Pakistanis at Iraqi airports, especially in Baghdad and Najaf Ashraf.
Minister Qadri said that the Pakistani government is also finalizing a new pilgrimage policy to facilitate the pilgrimage of its citizens.
Every year, more than 120,000 Pakistanis travel to the two countries by land to visit the holy sites in Iran and the holy shrines in Iraq.
Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province is the only first land way for Pakistan to connect to Central Asia and Europe, as well as to Iraq.
Despite the Corona epidemic, the great pre-Arbaeen procession without the presence of foreign pilgrims, including the pilgrims of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has started in southern Iraq a few days ago.