The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs informed that Imran Khan—Prime Minister has requested the Saudi Crown Prince—Mohammad Bin Salman for waiving the Umrah tax of two thousand Saudi riyals by the Saudi government on Pakistani pilgrims performing Umrah each year.
The committee was headed by the Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. The committee was briefed regarding the difficulties that are faced by the Pakistanis during their holy journeys—Hajj and Umrah.
The chairman of the committee said that he has got many complaints about the Saudi government putting a tax of two thousand riyals on the pilgrims performing Umrah for more than one time in a span of two years.
The Senator said that he has been told that this was some kind of discriminating tax on the Pakistani pilgrims and the government must do something for getting it wavered.
Muhammad Mushtaq—the Secretary of Religious Affairs said that the imposed tax is not just on Pakistanis it is on everyone who comes repeatedly for Umrahs, for discouraging repeated Umrah by only a few people.
He further said that the newly imposed tax of 2,000 SAR on the people coming more than once for Umrah in two years has been suspended for the people of Turkey and Egypt on the requests of the governments of these countries.
He informed that the matter has been brought to the notice of the Saudi authorities in the federal capital and it was proposed that Imran Khan would be making the request to the Saudi crown prince for lifting the tax.
The matter was brought up during Imran Khan’s visit to the Kingdom and the Saudi crown prince has agreed to abolish the tax.