Pakistan Still Awaiting a Response from Saudi Arabia on Removal of Umrah Tax

The Saudi government has neither agreed nor waived the 2,000 riyals of tax it imposed on Pakistanis performing Umrah.

Earlier, it was reported that the Saudi government had agreed to waive the 2,000 riyal tax for Pakistanis performing Umrah on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, the Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, clarified in the National Assembly of Pakistan that the government of Saudi Arabia has not yet agreed to remove the  SR. 2,000 tax on Pakistanis performing Umrah.

He further said that Saudi Authorities are being pursued to grant the waiver.

For this purpose, Prime Minister of Pakistan, during his first visit to KSA in September 2018, discussed the issue with the prince of KSA Muhammad Bin Salman.

As a follow up to this, Minister for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony Pakistan also discussed the issue with Saudi Information Minister but a response from KSA is still awaited.

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