Syed Kaleem Shah:  

Ali Shehzad, Joint Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs, announced the development of new Zahireen management complexes in Quetta, Taftan, Nushki, and Dalbandin to provide accommodation facilities for pilgrims travelling to Iran and other countries.

Speaking during a visit by the Iranian Consul General to the Arya Institute of Medical Sciences, Shehzad revealed that some of the projects are nearing completion and will soon offer housing for 10,000 to 15,000 pilgrims. Additionally, a new ferry service is set to launch from Gwadar to Bihar via Samudrancha, alongside the initiation of transportation services in Gubad.

Shehzad praised the Arya Institute of Medical Sciences as a model institution delivering modern healthcare to the province, highlighting the efforts of Dr Sohail Khan and his team in providing cutting-edge medical equipment to the local population.

The federal government has also approved a visitor policy and, in coordination with Iran and Iraq, established SOPs requiring pilgrims to undergo health screenings for various diseases. Shehzad expressed satisfaction with the availability of advanced laboratory facilities at the Arya Institute, which will collaborate with the federal and provincial governments in this initiative.

Lastly, Shehzad urged the Iranian Consul General to expedite visa issuance for the pilgrims, ensuring a smooth and efficient process for their travel.

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