21 Feb 2013

New Hajj Policy announced

 Updated :   Thursday  February  21 , 2013  10:07:04 PM
Under the new Hajj Policy Hajj expense this year has increased to Rs 421,000 after Rs 63,000 increase.

Announcing the details of the new Hajj policy at a news conference federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah, who was accompanied by Information and Broadcast Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, that Hajj applications would be accepted before the 1st of March on first come first serve basis.

The Hajj operation would start in September, he added.

This year 189,210 Pakistanis would perform Hajj. Fifty per cent quota would be under the government scheme while the remaining 50 per cent quota is allocated to the private tour operators.

Under the government scheme 89,605 would perform and an exact same number of people would be sent through the private tour operators.

Khurshid Shah said that the pilgrims are divided into white, Green and blue categories.

Hajj fare from Karachi , Sukkur and Quetta would be Rs 87,500 while it would be Rs 97,500 from Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.

In additional to the national flag carrier PIA and Saudi Airlines, the pilgrims would also be flown to the sacred land by Air Blue and Shaheen airlines. 

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