The cost of Hajj has been reduced significantly from $5,000 to $3,900 due to the policies implemented by the Government. The news was disclosed in a press conference by Talha Mehmood who is the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
Mehmood also stated that the reduction in price will help pilgrims in saving a huge amount of money and also any remaining amount will be refunded to them.
He further stated that the $3,900 package includes accommodation, food expenses, transportation within Saudi Arabia, and airfare. Moreover, the package also covers the stay at Mina and Arafat.
While answering a question Mehmood also said that 80% of pilgrims from Pakistan are staying near Markaziya in Madina and their comfort and convenience are ensured.
Mehmood also contributed PKR 1.1 million to the Ministry of Religious Affairs to contribute to the Hajj expenses and he is willing to contribute more if required. Mehmood also ensured that the funds of the state will be used for the Hajj expenses of an individual.
However, the purpose of Hajj Moavineen, who are the volunteers, is to serve the pilgrims rather than perform hajj themselves.
He also refused any notion regarding providing free Hajj to President Alvi and his family by dismissing such impressions entirely.
Historically, Pakistan has been allocated a quota of around 179,000 to 200,000 pilgrims per year and each year many Pakistanis go for performing Hajj and Umrah. The quota for Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan is determined by the Saudi Arabian government in consultation with the Pakistani government. The quota is based on the country’s population and other factors.