An effective guidance system will be in place at the tent city of Mina, where pilgrims spend the first day of Hajj rituals to facilitate and assist Pakistani pilgrims locate their way and tents. 

This was stated by Director General Hajj Sajid Yousafani in an exclusive talk with our correspondent Zahid Hameed in Makkah.

He said there will be pickets of Moavneens close to the tents of Pakistani pilgrims. These Moavneens clad in green jackets and carrying small Pakistani flags will be provided with Mina maps to properly guide the Hujjaj.

He said Mina Maps have been printed and these will also be distributed amongst the Hujjaj so that they could themselves locate their places. In addition, a main office is also established in Mina from where Pakistani pilgrims can seek any kind of guidance.

The Director General Hajj said that Mina is a well-organized valley having longitudinal roads with poles erected carrying pole and road numbers. He said the Hujjaj should note these numbers nearest to their tent in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Responding to a question, Sajid Yousafani said over two thousand people will be deployed in Mina for the assistance of Hujjaj. These include six hundred Moavneens and about fifteen hundred personnel of Pakistan Hajj Volunteer Group (PHVG).  He said the volunteer group comprises of well-educated people and are fully acquainted with the routes of the area. He said these will not only guide the Hujjaj in Mina but also on their way back to Aziziya.

He said the Hujjaj will be provided with Maktab numbers and train tickets two days before their departure for Mina. He, however, pointed out that not all the Pakistani Hujjaj will get the train tickets. He said train and buses are the two means of transportation.  About forty five to forty six thousand Pakistani pilgrims will get train tickets while the remaining will travel by buses.  He clarified that the Hujjaj whose tents are away from the train stations are not given train tickets. Issuance of train tickets is also the discretion of Saudi authorities.

The Director General Hajj also advised the Hujjaj to fully comply with the instructions being issued or to be given to them in the next few days. He said each maktab will have different timings for Rami, the stoning of devil, which will be conveyed to them well in time.


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