Saudi suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage-300 Kashmiri pilgrims to return soon
Feb 27: More than 300 Kashmiri Umrah pilgrims are likely to return from Saudi
Arabia after undergoing medical examination in the kingdom.
follows Riyadh’s decision to suspend Umrah pilgrimage as a precautionary
measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection in the kingdom.
year thousands of Kashmiris visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. However,
Riyadh’s decision to suspend pilgrimage has badly hit the Kashmir’s Umrah
prefer to perform Umrah pilgrimage till April end. Since Saudi Arabia imposed a
ban on Umrah temporarily, the booking will take a hit. We will have to resume
Umrah services after Ramadan now,” said Nisar Wani, Managing Director, Behreen
Travels, a prominent Hajj and Umrah service provider.
said at least 300 Kashmiri pilgrims are currently in Saudi Arabia., “They will
return to the valley after undergoing a medical examination. All arrangements have been done in this
regard,” he said.
Director, Alkhudam Hajj and Umrah Services, Sheikh Feroz Ahmad said two flights
have been canceled from New Delhi on Thursday after the Saudi government’s
the tickets for the pilgrimage have been sold out for the next two to three
weeks. I think the airlines won’t refund us money, which is a cause of worry. Temporarily,
there will be some losses but we are hopeful to recover from them,” he said.
of Umrah services had triggered the panic among the people who were scheduled
to leave for pilgrimage next week.
have paid our money for Umrah pilgrimage in advance. We are very much worried,”
said Mudasir Ahmad, a local from Baramulla.