Hajj spending almost doubles in three years
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Monday sent the Haj policy to the federal cabinet, which said the holy stay should cost Pakistanis 850,000 rupees.
This year, 81,132 Pakistanis will perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage. Under the government program, 32,453 Pakistanis will perform the Haj while 48,679 will perform privately. In 2019, the expenditure for the pilgrimage was Rs435,000. However, the Saudi government has yet to send an estimate of the expenditure to the Pakistani government.
A meeting of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was held to discuss Operation Haj, religious pilgrimage and promotion of domestic and foreign tourism, and increasing the workforce of the national carrier, which was briefed by Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.
According to PIA, Operation Haj will start from May 31 and will be conducted from eight cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta. Hajj flights will land in Jeddah and Medina. The flight operation of the PIA will continue from May 31 to August 13 and approximately 297 flights will be performed. To this end, PIA has also taken one of its Boeing 777s and an Airbus 320 out of long-term storage.