From cost to flights to balloting, Here’s all you need to know about government’s ‘Hajj Policy 2020’

Direct flights will start from Quetta to Jeddah and Madina this year.

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Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan addressed a press conference in Islamabad.

During the press conference, the minister highlighted the following points:

  • 107,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj under the government while remaining under the private scheme.
  • The Hajj package will cost Rs. 490,000 for pilgrims from the northern region and Rs. 480,000 for pilgrims from the southern region of Pakistan.
  • The Saudi government charges an additional 300 riyals for each Hajj visa and 110 riyals for health insurance for all intending pilgrims from across the world.
  • Last year, Rs. 5.50 billion were repaid to the pilgrims. Efforts are being made to minimize the burden on intending pilgrims this year.
  • More than 22,000 Pakistani pilgrims benefitted from Road to Makkah project in Islamabad, which will soon be extended to Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, and Karachi.
  • Pilgrims who are 70 years old and above will be sent without balloting.
  • 1,000 quota is allocated for overseas Pakistanis who wanted to perform Hajj with their relatives.
  • A joint working office will be set up with the Saudi Hajj Ministry to address to issues of the pilgrims.
  • Direct flights will start from Quetta to Jeddah and Madina this year.
  • Temporary Hajji Camps for pilgrims of Gilgit-Baltistan will be established.
  • Biometric and mobile biometric centers will be set up on suggestions of the parliamentarians in distant areas of Pakistan to aid the intending pilgrims.

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