After Senator Mushtaq Ahmed’s criticism on government for Hajj Policy, now , Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on Friday (Feb 1) said that opposition he would raise the matter of increased Hajj expenditure in the National Assembly and demand a reply from the government.
While pointing out Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements to turn Pakistan into Madinah like state he said “the government claimed to be aspiring after the state of Madinah but had instead made it difficult for the people to make the journey to Makkah and Madinah”.
“The government has given the most expensive Hajj of the country’s history to the people. It seems they are seeing Hajj not as an act of worship but as a source of income,” Shehbaz lashed out. “The government will need to understand that Hajj is not a way to earn money,” he said. PTI’s cabinet is the first ever not to subsidise Hajj in some way, the former Punjab chief minister said, as he questioned why the benefits of reduced oil prices were not transferred to the intending pilgrims. “The government has made it difficult for a common person to even think of performing Hajj,” he lamented.
The federal cabinet on Thursday announced the Haj Policy 2019 and abolish the financial support given to pilgrims, thus increasing the overall expenditure associated with performing the religious obligation. According to new Hajj Policy cost of performing Haj under the government scheme has been fixed at Rs456,426 (with Qurbani), against last year’s expense of Rs280,000 per person. Now, every individual will have to pay an additional Rs176,426.
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21 July, 2019