Saudi Arabia Increases Hajj Quota for Pakistan

The Haj Quota for Pakistan has been increased to 179,210 for the year 2017. The quota had been decreased back in 2013 due to the expansion of Grand Mosque.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousuf shared this news saying,

An agreement for the year 2017 has been signed with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Haj quota has been enhanced from 143,368 to 179,210.

The minister shared this information during his briefing to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about arrangements for this year’s Hajj.

The Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia had been requested by Pakistan for an increase in quota by 15,000.

Those Who Have Performed Hajj Within The Last 7 Years Cannot Apply

Another proposal by Mr. Sardar Yousuf was also approved by the Prime Minister. Applicants who have performed Hajj already in the last 7 years will not be eligible to apply for Hajj according to the new scheme. Haj-i-Badal will however be allowed but only through the private Hajj scheme.

The Minister also said that the Hajj applicants’ trust in the government has also been restored adding that,

This is evident from the fact that the number of applications for the government Hajj scheme has increased by more than 300 per cent from 86,919 in 2013 to 280,617 in 2016,

The process for transport, hiring, catering and other facilities has begun already.

Prime Minister’s Views and Orders

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ efforts for making Hajj arrangements. He added that there was always room for improvement to make the process more efficient and cost-effective. He commended the Ministry for their efforts over the past 3 years on improving the facilities provided to Hajj pilgrims.

For this year, the Prime Minister adds, special attention must be given towards the arrangement at airports and providing 3 meals a day to pilgrims at Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat. Care must be taken for travelling and lodging arrangements as well.

Via Dawn

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  • Annonymous

    Only people with money can perform Hajj… Increasing quota will not help any person who does not have enough money to get forgiveness

    • Abu Zaid

      Well, having money is one condition for Hajj, one is not required to to perform Hajj if he is not healthy or doesn’t have enough resources. As far as Forgiveness is concerned, you don’t have to perform Hajj to get it. You can get it laying in your bed if you ask for it with sincerity.

  • Bohat Mehanga Hajj Hota Hai Pakistan Main :
    Good for Quota Increasing but Price should be lower than other countries

  • KMQ

    No haj-e-badal in government scheme make sense because one who can go every year can even afford the private hajj too.

    Haamiz, any word on would the government scheme be first come first serve basis or balloting?

    • ZAB

      It’d be balloting most probably.

  • Geek At Large

    Looks like Ministry of Religious Affairs has agreed to share a % of those succulent margins they’re making with Saudis who are looking to maximize alternate revenue sources as their monopoly on oil will be in danger in near future.

    • ZAB

      Geek, since u said you have no religion, and yet you try to jump in into every Islamic religious matter, which is none of your business, so i would suggest you to mind your own business, you don’t have to give us teachings about Islam. It’d be much appreciated.

      • Bilal Majeed

        Agreed.
        There is some serious problem with him. He actively posts in almost every religious topics in ProPk to criticize.

        • Geek At Large

          Having an opinion is a problem?

          • Bilal Majeed

            No its not a problem but you should care about others feeling and views.By commenting on SENSITIVE TOPICS(Religion) you are hurting everyone feelings Those of your opinions are ALWAYS considered negative for almost everyone here when concerning Religious matters like you have some sort of itch for that.
            You are trying to disrupt a lovely atmosphere on this website by turning the whole of the comments section into a debate and trying to play with peoples sentiments it is not a healthy practice to bicker about something which is very Important in others lifestyle
            you know it in your heart and mind what i am talking about
            I Myself as a decent person will never ALWAYS comment negative on EVERY Sensitive topic including Religious and Ethical ones EVERYTIME to play with the feelings of other.
            Come on man Grow Up!!

            • Geek At Large

              Let’s not speculate about people’s feelings. I am very cautious with the words and I don’t intend to hurt anyone’s feelings. As a Pakistani, I want my voice to be heard on religious matters especially because I’m in the minority.

              And it’s kind of sad that you care about hurting people’s feelings but not about people getting killed and framed because of blasphemy laws.

              • Bilal Majeed

                I am not speculating Your ARE playing with others sentiments it is a Clear as hell
                As for ur other question Even if it is a Muslim or non-Muslim if you play with the fire you are gonna GET burned IF it is a Law in a Country and they are convicted PROPERLY & FAIRLY They should be hanged as i think them as terrorists who try to disrupt the peace same should be done with ANYONE trying to create fitnah in the any country
                I mean what these blasphemers try get by posting such things? if they intend to disrupt the peace they are ASKING FOR IT.
                Last advice mend your ways
                My last comment ;) i wont go into a long debate

                • Geek At Large

                  “I mean what these blasphemers try get by posting such things?”

                  How’s criticizing religion disrupting the peace?

      • Geek At Large

        Why? You can ignore my opinion if it annoys you.

        • ZAB

          No it’s not a tech news. U have nothing to do with religion and u said it urself. So still putting ur nose while it doesn’t concern u? U try to be very ethical n ethics says “mind your own business”. Instead of arguing for no reason.

          • Geek At Large

            Then why are you arguing for no reason? You’re also not minding your own business.

    • Bilal Majeed

      Saudis Are NOWHERE in Danger In the near future At the rate at which Saudis are pulling Oil they still have 60-90 Years of Oil Reserves.85% of Saudi oil fields found have not produced oil yet (untapped reserves). And There Natural Gas And Iron reserves are still untapped. Moreover for the Revenue Sources they have come to sense as they are now increasing their Industrial Diversity from Petroleum Products to Multiproduct and Investment Also They have a very large foreign exchange and Revenues And they have A long span of time to accomplish their Targets as i stated above .For power generation they are investing billions of dollars on Solar Energy and Nuclear So You can’t Predict what will happen to Them in the future. KINDLY Research before stating your economic views. And Believe me Americans And Europeans will run out of Oil way before OPEC And Russia.

      • Khalid Bin Huda

        They are in danger.

        Saudis Economy depend 90% on oil and oil price decline due to shale gas & alternative energy.

        All the revenue Saudi Arabia get from Hajj should be shared among all Muslim Countries.

        • ZAB

          Oil prices are going up from quite some time now. And they are not making revenue from Hajj and Umrah instead they are hosting and catering millions of people every day with best possible arrangements, so don’t politicize religious matters.

        • Bilal Majeed

          Saudi Arabia is facing a tough time right now but I Said they are in the process of Diversifying their Economy And they have a very long timespan to achieve it + the oil prices could hike in the future if consumption increases.