Punjab chief minister leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

Punjab chief minister leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah
The undated file photo shows Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar speaking to the media. Buzdar left for Saudi Arabia on Friday to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that can be undertaken at any time of the year. (APP)
Updated 14 September 2019

Punjab chief minister leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

Punjab chief minister leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah
  • CM Usman Buzdar is undertaking the journey in private capacity
  • Buzdar desires to participate in the washing ceremony of Holy Kaaba

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar left for Saudi Arabia on Friday to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that can be undertaken at any time of the year.
It will be his second journey to the holy Muslim city this year since he also performed Umrah with his family in February.
“The chief minister is not going there in his official capacity,” Muhammad Rafiullah, a public relations officer at the CM Secretariat, told Arab News. “An additional chief secretary of the provincial administration along with another officer will also accompany him. All of them are going there in their private capacity and will spend money from their own pocket.”
The chief minister reached the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore without protocol, received his boarding card, and waited in the queue with other passengers.
“He will stay in Muscat and then go to Madinah. He will pray for the solidarity of the country as well as for the freedom of the people of Kashmir,” he added.
Sources say that while Buzdar is going to the Kingdom in his private capacity, he desires to participate in the washing ceremony of the Holy Kaaba.
“He desires to be among the lucky individuals who are going to participate in the ceremony,” another official at the CM office told Arab News, requesting not to be named. “He will spend that entire day in the House of God.”