Published On: Sat, Mar 11th, 2023
Published in Category: Islamabad

All possible steps being taken to provide maximum facilities to Hajj pilgrims this year: Mufti Abdul Shakoor

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor says all possible steps are being taken to provide maximum facilities to Hajj pilgrims this year.

Announcing the Hajj Policy 2023 in Islamabad on Friday, Mufti Abdul Shakoor said on his personal request from the Saudi Minister of Hajj Umrah, Saudi Arabia has reduced the necessary Hajj duties compared to the previous year.

He said the estimated Hajj cost for Northern Region that includes Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sialkot is 1,175,000 while for Southern region it is 1,165,000. Estimated cost for Northern region under sponsorship Hajj scheme is 4,325 dollars and 4285 dollars for the Southern region.

Mufti Abdul Shakoor said this year we have introduced Sponsorship Hajj Scheme to facilitate overseas Pakistanis. Under the scheme we hope to receive 194 million dollars. He said that overall $289 million will be required out of which $194 million will be collected through sponsorship and $99 million will be arranged by Ministry of Finance.

Mufti Abdul Shakoor said we aim to start the Hajj applications from 16th of this month while the deadline for Hajj applications is 31st of this month. The Hajj draw will be conducted in first week of April.

He said the overall national quota for this year Hajj is 179210 which will be distributed among government and private sectors with the proportion of fifty-fifty.

He said Road to Makkah project facility will continue at Islamabad Airport which is likely to be extended to Lahore and Karachi.