ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Labour and Overseas Pakistanis Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, who is on a five-day visit to Saudi Arabia, visited the Bin Laden Camp to meet the Pakistani community in Makkah.
The Camp Manager, Omar Al-Amoudi, welcomed the minister and thanked him for gracing the Bin Laden Camp, which houses a large number of Pakistanis and other expatriates.Lauding the contribution of the overseas Pakistanis in the development of the country, the minister said that their role in strengthening the economy could not be underestimated as they were contributing a lot to the foreign exchange.
Khursheed Shah said that he was conscious of the problems of the overseas Pakistanis and was trying his best to work for their welfare. Responding to issues raised by the overseas Pakistanis, he said his ministry had taken up all the matters relating to the education of their children, housing schemes and facilities to be given on the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation cards.
The issues relating to passport, Kafalat and ID cards will be discussed with the Pakistan Consulate and the embassy, he added. The consul general of Pakistan and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the visiting Pakistan Haj delegation, headed by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, called on the Saudi Haj Minister, Fawad Abdul Salam Al Farsi, to discuss the arrangements for the forthcoming Haj.
During the meeting, Khursheed Shah appreciated the role of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz who has devoted himself for services to the Hujjaj, says a press release received from Jeddah here on Thursday.
The minister said that the services of the king and the kingdom to the Ummah were laudable and Pakistanis kept them in high esteem. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had deep rooted historical relations.
Khursheed Shah said that he was aware of the problems of Hujjaj such as accommodation of pilgrims but in view of the historical relations between the two countries, he hoped that a large number of pilgrims from Pakistan would be accommodated.
The meeting discussed issues relating to transport, passport, accommodation in Makkah and Madina and services, especially provision of medical facilities to the pilgrims. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador Admiral (retd) Shahid Karimullah, Secretary Haj Wakil Ahmad Khan, Joint Secretary Haj, Director General Haj and a number of deputy ministers and senior officials of the Ministry of Haj.
Source: The News, 9/5/2008