Noorul Haq Qadri—the federal minister for Religious Affairs said on Sunday that Hajj is likely to become costlier in the span of next few years. He said that the Saudi Hajj ministry wants governments to transfer Hajj operations on to the private sector within 3 to 4 years.
While speaking at the program Geo Parliament the minister said that within a few years’ time Hajj would become much costlier under the private sector.
He added that the government would have to accept the Saudi authorities demand for the phase privatization of Hajj.
While responding to a question, he said that Hajj and Umrah could not be offered without any charges in the state of Medina. He also added that there would be no alteration in the Hajj expenses for now.
He said that a summary about Hajj subsidy was given before the cabinet and arguments were also given for supporting it however the cabinet did not agree.
The minister said that the Prime Minister—Imran Khan told the cabinet that he cannot convince himself to make the announcement of subsidy owing to the worsening situation of economy.
He also said that the government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz had provided subsidy keeping in consideration the election campaign.
The federal minister for religious affairs said that the Saudi government has surged the Hajj expenses for the whole world and the government has got no plans of demanding a decrease in the Hajj expenses during the visit of the Crown Prince.