Ali Haider Zaidi, the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs of Pakistan hinted to start a ship service to provide economical transport facility to the pilgrims who are going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah.
“Ferry and passenger ship services require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence as we have applied once again for the service and included Jeddah, Basra, Oman for the destination to make it feasible,” the minister said.
The minister said that by using the Ferry services, Hajj, Umrah, and pilgrimages to Middle Eastern countries can become economical. “The government of Pakistan has also planned to welcome the private sectors to operate such services,” he added.
The minister also announced that an additional service will also be started for the devotees going to Iraq.
Last week on December 20, the maritime affairs minister said that he has recommended registration of ships by 2030. According to his recent statement, the ministry is going to make major announcements in its new shipping policy.
Ali Haider Zaidi further said we hope that the shipping industry of the country will play an important role in the development of Pakistan. He further said that he has recommended for the registration of ships that would be exempted from the sale tax and customs duty.