Hajj pilgrims are going to receive refunds of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 58,000 each, according to the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri.
The refunds are due to cheap residential buildings and savings on transport and other expenditures in Saudi Arabia. The minister said this while addressing a press conference along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Qadri said that the cabinet has decided to disperse the additional Hajj quota of 4,316 among the pilgrims through transparent balloting. About 200,000 Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year and 123,316 will do it under the government’s scheme.
Special Assistant to PM said that the government wants to free the Hajj scheme from scandals and facilitate the pilgrims as much as possible. She revealed that the ‘Road to Makkah Project’ would be inaugurated by the PM himself, who would also bid farewell to the aspiring pilgrims from Islamabad on July 4.
Under this project, the immigration of the pilgrims will be carried out at Islamabad airport for which a team of 51 Saudi officials has already arrived in the country.