MAKKAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan performed Umrah here in the wee hours of Wednesday and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
The prime minister who is on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates arrived here Tuesday afternoon and offered his respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH).
Like Madina, the doors of the Holy Kaaba were opened for the prime minister and members of his delegation in a rare gesture of solidarity and goodwill by the government of Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Ch Fawad Hussain and Adviser for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood are accompanying the prime minister.
The prime minister along with his delegation got the rare opportunity to pray inside the centuries old large stone-built building draped in black silk. It is the holiest of the sites for Muslims, as they face the Kaaba for prayers five times a day.
The prime minister prayed for Allah's blessings to help the people of Pakistan in facing the multiple challenges the country was confronting
A large number of pilgrims, mostly from Pakistan gathered outside the entrance of the Kaaba and waved to Imran Khan as he exited the Kaaba.