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Pakistan’s Council of Scholars denounces attempts to politicize Hajj and Umrah

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The Council of Pakistani Scholars (Ulema) has denounced new attempts to politicize the Muslim Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages in a statement on Monday.

According to a Saudi Press Agency statement, the Council praised “the pioneering role being played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, in support of Muslim countries and defense of Muslims and Islamic issues as well as its steadfast in preserving the security and stability in the region.”

The statement came at a Conference on the Protection of the three holy mosques of Makkah, Madinah and Al-Aqsa of Jerusalem Al-Quds held in the Pakistani city of Lahore in the Punjab enclave, in which a host of Islamic Ulema, media representatives and intellectuals took part.

The conferees also vowed support for the kingdom in its quest to protect the country from the attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

They rejected calls for politicizing Hajj and Umrah, affirming the ability of the kingdom to efficiently run the holy pilgrimages throughout the year.