Noorul Haq Qadri, the federal minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has said on Wednesday that PM Khan would be forming a Malaysian-led model of Hajj funds for the facilitation of the Hajj pilgrims across Pakistan, as per the reports of local media.
He also said while he was addressing the event that is the responsibility of the government to serve the Hajj pilgrims and the government is trying to make serious efforts to take a maximum cut in packages that are designed for its nationals.
Noorul Haq further added that they thought that the government would be able to bring down the expenses of Hajj package up to Rs.500,000. He said that PM Khan was told about his expectation when he asked about the Hajj package.
The minister said that PM Khan has asked to finalise the Hajj package at the lowest possible rates.
He made the announcement that the government would play its role for conducting consultations between the banks and the private Hajj group organizers besides removing the barriers in the e-Hajj facility. He also said that the private tour operators are permitted to take the Hajj pilgrims via private airlines.
Qadri said it is a global industry which makes nearly $100 billion across the world. He asked the private tour firms to curb the profit margin for the Hajj pilgrims.
The minister has also revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is looking forward to establishing a Malaysian-led model of Hajj fund.
It is important to mention that the government of Malaysia had formed a fund board for the Hajj pilgrims, Lembaga Tabhung Haji, which provides an ease to the nationals via savings for the holy journey to Makkah by making investments in the Shariah-compliant vehicles.