The last flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for carrying homebound pilgrims arrived Dhaka on October 17 and the last Saudi Airlines flight reached yesterday, leaving a number of 3,621 pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia who are yet to return to the country
This year 1,01,758 pilgrims went to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, but according to data provided yesterday by the Ministry of Religion, so far a number of 98,137 pilgrims came back to the country after performing Hajj. That means 3,621 pilgrims are still stranded in Saudi Arabia who might remain there illegally.
When asked about these pilgrims reasons behind, Secretary of Ministry of Religion Abdul Jalil said: “Some pilgrims are coming back to the country by scheduled flight of other careers between Bangladesh – Saudi Arabia.”
“We can inform about the number of those pilgrims on October 25,” he also said.
The secretary said that it is not possible to remain there illegally as we can easily detect who stayed back there illegally, as everyone of the pilgrims went there using Machine Readable Passport (MRP).
He also informed that Saudi Immigration is yet to inform about the number of pilgrims who remained in their country.
“They will inform us on October 25,” he added.