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Government ends subsidy for Hajj pilgrims

January 31, 2019

The federal cabinet approved the Hajj policy for 2019 with no government subsidy.

This was decided by in a cabinet meeting on Thursday. It was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan

Later in the day, however, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in a press conference in Islamabad said that the government has yet to make a decision on Hajj subsidies.

The expense for Hajj as compared to last year has increased by Rs100,000.

Without a subsidy, the pilgrimage will cost people in the Southern areas of the country Rs436,000 while people in the Northern areas will pay Rs426,000.

Related: Pilgrims reach Makkah for ‘smart Hajj’

The Ministry of Religious Affairs had recommended a subsidy of Rs45,000 per pilgrim

A quota of 10,000 people who haven’t been chosen to go for Hajj through the lottery for three years will be sent to perform the pilgrimage.

As many as184,210 people will go for Hajj this year out of whom 107,000 people will be accommodated through government schemes and more than 76,000 people through private schemes.



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    Mazhar Hashmi   January 31, 2019 1:25 pm/ Reply

    Rumors are being spread that Government is going to increase significant amount on account of Hajj fee as compare to last year in the Govt. of Nawaz Sharif which was PKR 283000/- including Qurbani. If such news materializes then government will certainly loose its credibility among the Nation.

    At one side IK govt claims to form Riyasat-e-Madina on the contrary billions of rupees are being reserved for the construction of State of the art Cinemas in the country but for Hajj packages govt has no provision to provide subsidy.

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    Syed Irfan Ali   January 31, 2019 5:51 pm/ Reply

    Mai 2 years say Hajj Kay liyeah apply kar raha hon but previous year third lottery mai bhi wait kiya tha or amount hold kiya tha ..kya mai 3 years consider hongay..

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    Fassi   January 31, 2019 7:15 pm/ Reply

    Madina ke riyasat bana rahay hai yeh jahil log madinay ke riyasat mai 283050 say 436000 kay dye hai. 152950 amount increase this year 2019

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    IRFAN ILYAS   January 31, 2019 10:20 pm/ Reply


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    Anonymous   February 1, 2019 9:09 am/ Reply

    New Pakistan

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    Anonymous   February 1, 2019 11:04 pm/ Reply

    hajj should be done on own expences . people should ask education,, hospital , rules of law rather then subsidy on Hajj.

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    imran   February 1, 2019 11:05 pm/ Reply

    hajj should be done on own expences . people should ask education,, hospital , rules of law rather then subsidy on Hajj.

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