Hajj expenses from Pakistan will be increased by 36pc, Senate Committee

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Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs said that Hajj expenses from Pakistan will be increased by around 36%.

Hajj expenses from Pakistan will goes up by 36% as revealed by Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs. However, new taxes by Saudi Arabia and the Rupee devaluation are the main reasons of rise in Hajj 2019 charges.

The meeting was presided over by Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl. Mohammad Mushtaq Ahmed, Secretary of Religious Affairs informed committee that according to the latest calculation charges, Hajj charges from Pakistan will be increased by Rs 156,000 per head. He further added that charges for Haj pilgrim departing from Lahore will be Rs 436,935 and the person departing from Karachi will be Rs 426,975.

Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs informed that the government of Saudi Arabia increased the Hajj 2019 quota for Pakistan by 5,000 pilgrims. In addition, the government of Pakistan also signed the agreement with Saudi authorities to depart 184,210 Haj pilgrims in 2019.

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