Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally inaugurate the Road to Makkah project at Islamabad International airport today, a private source reported.
Under the Road to Makkah project, at least ten immigration counters have been set up at the airport to provide immigration facilities to Pakistani pilgrims.
The Saudi Arabia government initiated this project on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Road to Makkah programme is a pilot project being started from Islamabad airport and will be extended to other airports of the country in subsequent years.
Ghulam Sarwar said Prime Minister Imran played an important role by requesting the Saudi crown prince to get Pakistan included in the Road to Makkah project to facilitate the pilgrims.
He said this year, 22,000 Pakistani pilgrims would avail of the pre-departure immigration facility.
Pakistan was included in the project during Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Islamabad in February.
Under the project, pilgrims traveling from Pakistan would be able to clear immigration at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, though the facility has started at the IIA only as of now.