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.

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.