Considering the strong reaction that the opposition parties and the general public have shown, the federal government has started to rethink about restoring Hajj subsidy.
As per sources Noorul Haq Qadri—Federal Minister for Religious Affairs is trying to convince the Prime Minister—Imran Khan to revisit the decision taken by the federal cabinet of ending the Hajj subsidy, which has greatly increased the Hajj expenses.
They said that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony after the approval of the prime minister would once again be sending a summary to the federal cabinet for restoring the subsidy. The spokesperson of the minister said that the cabinet has not given final approval for the Hajj policy.
He also mentioned that in Islam, there is no concept or whatsoever of subsidy on Hajj. But the government is trying to provide provisions like food to the pilgrims.
As per the senior officials of the ministry, a subsidy on Hajj could be given despite the announcement of the Hajj policy.
On Thursday the government made the decision to end the financial support being provided to the pilgrims. The decision was taken during a federal cabinet meeting that was led by the prime minister.
The cabinet was given a briefing on the Hajj policy 2019 and was told that the Ministry of Religious Affairs had decided to give a subsidy of Ra45,000 to each pilgrim. However, the cabinet gave approval to the policy after withdrawing the subsidy.
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