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.
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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