It is highly expected that the Hajj expenses this year would increase up to Rs420,000 for the government scheme, as per the reports of ARY News on Sunday.
As per the sources in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the government was striving to secure a subsidy of up to Rs40,000 per person on the Hajj expenses, which if gets approved, would then be finalizing the costs at Rs380,000.
But, since the amount of subsidy has not been finalised so far, the Hajj 2019 aspirants are expected to pay Rs420,000 per person.
In 2018, the Hajj expenses for the Northern and Southern regions of Pakistan were Rs280,000 and Rs270,000 respectively, whereas Rs13,050 were given separately for animal sacrifice.
As per sources, the increase in the Hajj rates is because of the increased taxation by the Kingdom and the depreciation of Pakistani rupee against the dollar by as much as 29 rupees since 28th December 2017, when the Hajj 2018 policy was announced.
Once the cabinet approves then the applications for Hajj 2019 on government scheme would be received from 20th January till 20th February.
In December 2018, the Saudi government also announced about increasing the Hajj quota of Pakistani pilgrims for the Hajj 2019 by 5,000.
More than 184,000 pilgrims would be performing Hajj from Pakistan in 2019 under the agreement.
The decision of including Pakistani pilgrims in “Road to Makkah” project was also taken, the project is in phases. Initially, 35,000 pilgrims of Sindh would be taking benefit from the scheme.
The verification and immigration process of the pilgrims would be done at the Karachi airport. As per the agreement, Pakistani pilgrims would be provided with e-visas.
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