Giving important news for that planning hajj in Pakistan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Mufti Abdul Shakoor said that this year the government Hajj will cost less than Rs 6.5 lakh.
Addressing the National Assembly on Friday, Minister for Religious Affairs Mufti Abdul Shakoor said, “Under the rates at which the previous government had booked Saudi companies in real currency, the hajj rate was to be 1.1 million this year, but the government has booked hotels at half the price by making better deals with Saudi companies. ‘
He said that the residential buildings in Mecca which were booked between 2,600 and 3,500 riyals per pilgrim during the previous government have now been booked in 2,100 riyals.
Similarly, rooms in Madina which were booked at Rs. 2,100 per week have been booked for pilgrims at 720 riyals so that Pakistani pilgrims can get cheap Hajj this time.
According to him, food and food costs have also been reduced as the present government wants more people to get a chance to perform Hajj.
Earlier last month, Mufti Abdul Shakoor announced the Haj policy in Islamabad saying that Hajj expenses are expected to increase and could range from Rs 7 to 10 lakh.
Mufti Abdul Shakoor further said, “All walks of life were affected due to corona epidemic, while Hajj also faced restrictions. ‘
According to him, hajj was held only locally in 2021 and 2022.
He said that now that the epidemic has been greatly cured, the Saudi government has announced the international hajj.
“The Government of Pakistan is grateful to Khadim al-Harmin Sharifin Sheikh Salman bin AbdulAziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Salman bin AbdulAziz Al Saud for opening the doors of Hajj to Muslims around the world. ‘
Mufti Abdul Shakoor said that traditionally preparations for the next Hajj started every year with the end of Hajj, the most important being the announcement of Hajj teachings by the Saudi government, based on which countries used to formulate their policies.
‘This way it used to take seven to eight months, but this time there has been a lot of delay due to corona, which is why there is less time for preparations for Hajj in which it is challenging to prepare. ‘