A resolution was passed on Thursday by the Sindh Assembly against the decision of the federal government to withdraw Hajj subsidy.
While speaking regarding the matter, the provincial minister for transport—Syed Nasir Hussain Shah inquired after the people who run the nation on charms about the significance of Hajj. He added that the ones who claims to make Pakistan the state of Medina have made the fulfilment of the religious obligation tough.
His views were supported by a lot of lawmakers, who criticised the decision of the federal government. One of them said that it seems that the burden of the Pakistan International Airline’s losses has been poured on the shoulders of the Hajj pilgrims.
Nida Khuhro—the proponent said that the federal government had burdened ordinary Muslims by increasing the Hajj expenses.
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The Hajj expenses have been surged by up to 63 percent and performing the holy ritual has become all but impossible for an ordinary man. She urged the federal government to review the Hajj policy.
MPA Sarwat Fatima of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan said that the federal government gathered additional funds from the banks on the account of Hajj expenses.
Syed Abdul Rasheed of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal said that a complete support is sent to perform Hajj on the expenses of the government. He added but now these expenses are lowered on the shoulders of ordinary pilgrims.
On the other hand, Khurram Sher Zaman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that there had been some misunderstanding, and the federal government’s subsidy was just Rs40,000.
He went on to say that some people talk big in the Assembly who do not even offer the obligatory 5-time prayers. He added that Hajj is a must for the ones who could afford it, not for the ones who have no means of doing it.
Hajj is a once in a lifetime journey for many men and women. Government needs to rethink and revise the Hajj expenses for making it feasible for all.
Mr. Zaman is right when he says that Hajj is obligatory only on the ones who have means of doing it, but, he should also keep in mind that every Muslim desire to perform this ritual and if the government even has to go out of its way to facilitate the aspiring pilgrims then it must do so.
The heavily increased Hajj expenses has made it completely impossible for many people to even think about this ritual who were earlier planning to apply for the Hajj 2019 scheme of the government.