Saudi Govt to adopt tough measures to prevent illegal entrants
Jeddah, Oct 26: The Saudi government will be forced to adopt tougher measures to prevent undocumented pilgrims from entering the holy sites, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said during a visit to Mina.
The prince said those who transport illegal pilgrims would be brought to justice.
He emphasized the role Saudis play in cutting down the number of undocumented pilgrims and those who transport them to the holy sites. “Hajj is the biggest Islamic event in the world and we Saudis are honored to host this spiritual event every year. It is our duty to make it successful without exploiting it for material gain,” he said.
“When Saudis realize the enormity of their responsibility to the management of Hajj, we’ll be able to solve this problem. We must foster a culture of Islamic hospitality,” he said.
Prince Khaled said undocumented pilgrims not only violate the Kingdom’s regulations, they create unnecessary congestion in the holy sites, causing problems for other pilgrims.
Security officers at checkpoints have already denied entry to more than 90,000 illegal pilgrims not in possession of Hajj permits.
Courtesy: Arab News
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST
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