ISLAMABAD– Government’s Ministry for Religious Affairs announced the Hajj policy on Saturday. According to the new policy, Hajj fares have been reduced by Rs. 3700. Meanwhile theapplications for Hajj will be accepted from 18th of April to up until 26th of April in specific branches of 8 bans. A draw for pilgrims will be held on 29th of April.
The policy states that 268 Pakistani will be receiving the privilege of performing Hajj.
The announcement for the new Hajj policy was made during a press conference by Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf.
Yousaf stated that the expenses of Hajj for Sindh and Balochistan will be Rs. 2,61,941 while for Punjab and Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) provinces it will be Rs. 2,70,941.
Yousaf further stated that 2 Abayas will be compulsory for women. He added that air coolers will be made available in Arafat to those on government schemes.
The Minister for Religious Affairs also stated that a ban will be observed on free Hajj in this year as well while those who have performed Hajj in the past 5 years will also be restricted from performing it.
He further stated that a comprehensive strategy for dealing with emergency situations is also being formulated.