Religious affairs ministers of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday (Dec 9) signed an agreement regarding terms and conditions of the holy pilgrimage of Hajj in 2019.
According to the agreement, the Saudi government has increased the quota for Pakistan with 5,000 pilgrims under the Road to Makkah project. 184,210 Pakistani Muslims will perform their religious obligation next year in which 35,000 pilgrims from Sindh province will be benefited in the first phase of the scheme. Meanwhile, the matter of waiving off 2,000 riyal Umrah tax will be decided after consultation with the chief custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said the Saudi officials, adding that an increase in Pakistan’s Hajj quota in accordance with the new national census will also be considered soon.
According to other conditions set by the minister, the middlemen cannot offer tenders for the provision of residence, transport and food for the pilgrims. Hajj 2019 expenditures are likely to increase by Rs 55,000 due to overall increase in prices, fluctuations in Rupee-dollar parity ratios.
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18 August, 2019