ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has finalised the selection of 1,900 Pakistani Moavineen-e-Hajj (welfare staff) for deployment in Saudi Arabia to help to intend pilgrims during Hajj days, said officials sources of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

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According to the sources, the contingent of 1,300 welfare staff (Moavineen) including doctors, para-medical staff, ministry staff have been nominated by federal ministries, departments, provincial governments, police, civil defence, scouts and other public sector organizations.

A total of 179,210 Pakistanis performed Hajj every year. The sub-offices of Religious Ministry has established in Saudi Arabia including Jeddah, Makkah and Madina to facilitate intending pilgrims. Currently, the training of Muavineen is being continued.

The sources said BPS-20 and 21 officers would supervise the welfare staff. The ministry has also hired the services of 800 local Moavineen-e-Hajj, who could communicate in the Arabic language with Saudi agencies to facilitate the pilgrims, they added.