Hajj Policy 2024 announced, package reduced by Rs100,000 

Hajj Policy 2024 announced, package reduced by Rs100,000 

Islamabad (Web Desk): The government has announced Hajj Policy 2024 under which the Hajj package for each pilgrim has been reduced by Rs100,000.

Sharing salient features of the new Hajj policy at a news conference in Islamabad today, Minister for Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed said the Hajj cost under the government scheme has been reduced to Rs1.75 for the next Hajj from Rs1.175 million of this year's Hajj.

He assured that there will be no compromise on the quality of Hajj arrangements regardless of reduction in expenses.

The minister said the Hajj quota for Pakistan is 179,210 which will be equally distributed between the government and private hajj schemes.

Aneeq Ahmed said negotiations are continuing with the airlines to get reduced airfare for the Hajj operation.

"If we succeed in securing relief in the airfare, the amount will be transferred to the accounts of pilgrims," he said, adding that the pilgrims will also get back Rs35,000 if they choose to stay 4 instead of 8 days in Madina.

Aneeq Ahmad said Hajj 2024 will be digitalized wherein pilgrims will get a mobile application that could be used without internet. The app will have many options including the one for lodging complaints.

"The pilgrims will be provided with many free of cost things including a SIM with seven GB data, a suitcase having QR code, Ihram belts for men, Abaya for women and shoes bags," he said.

The minister said that the Hajj applications will be received from November 27 and this process will continue till December 12 whereas advertisement in this regard will soon be published.

Apart from Islamabad airport, Karachi has also been included in Road to Makkah project," the Minister for Religious Affairs said adding that we have also requested Saudi Arabia to also include Lahore in it.