Tuesday , March 31 2020

Hajj expenses to rise to Rs. 420,000 this year

Islamabad: Hajj in the year 2019 may require us to pay up to Rs 420,000 in government scheme.

Authentic sources have informed that the Ministry of Religious Affairs has urged the government to secure a subsidy of up to Rs 40,000 per person on Hajj expenses,  which if approved will cost Rs 380, oo0 per head.

However, it should be noted that the amount of subsidy is not yet finalized and no steps are practically taken by the government to reduce the Hajj expenses. Consequently, those who are wishing to go on this holy journey are expected to pay Rs 420,000 per person.

According to the year 2018, the expenses for northern and Southern regions of Pakistan were Rs. 280,000 and Rs. 270,000 respectively, and Rs. 13,050 were separately charged for the animal sacrifice during the Hajj.

Sources tell that sky-rocketed Hajj expenses are as a result of the increased taxation by Saudi government and a depreciation in the value of the Pakistani’s rupee against dollar. Since December 28, 2017, as much as 29 rupees have been increased against a dollar.

Application for the Hajj 2019 will commence from January 20 and will end at February 20, after the cabinet approves.

In December 2018, the quota of Pakistani pilgrims for 2019’s Hajj was increased by Saudi Government by 5,000. More than 184,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj in Pakistan in 2019.

In addition to that, it was also decided to include Pakistani pilgrims in ‘Road to Makkah’ project. Where initially, 35, 000 pilgrims of Sindh will benefit from this scheme.

The process of verification and immigration of the pilgrims will be held at Karachi airport and Pakistani pilgrims will be given E-Visa.


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