New PTI Policy Means Hajj Pilgrimage Will Be Almost Twice As Expensive
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) introduced Hajj Policy 2019 according to which the pilgrimage will cost 60 percent more than what it did in 2018.
The government has decided to abolish subsidy on Hajj and support given to pilgrims.
Cost Comparisons Between 2019 and 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a federal cabinet meeting on Thursday according to which Hajj expenses for the northern zone would be Rs436,975 and for the southern zone would be Rs427,975.
The current prices are 60 percent more than what they were in 2018, when the pilgrims from the northern zone had to pay Rs280,000 and from the southern zone had to pay Rs270,000.
PTI Tells Reason For Package Increase
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed said that the hike was owing to increase in transport and devaluation of rupee.
He also said that 184,210 people would be visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year.
Shehbaz Sharif Flays Government Which Claims To Make ‘Riyasat-E-Madina’
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for this policy.
“The party which claims to establish Riyast-e-Madina has made it difficult for people to perform Hajj pilgrimage,” said Shehbaz.
He added that Prime Minister Imran Khan was looking to earn profits through a Holy pilgrimage.
Despite Shehbaz’s Criticism, Social Media Users Believe PTI
Has Made The Right Move
People believe Hajj is only Farz (obligatory) on those people who can afford it, so government does not have to assist anyone.
Kudos to PTI for doing away with "Hajj Subsidy". Hajj is only mandatory for those who can afford it out of their OWN money. Not the taxpayers'. Anchors worried about the plight of poor Hajis should ask their billionaire bosses to set up their own private subsidy schemes.
— Barrister Hamza Gulzar (@HGulzar) February 1, 2019
‘Hajj is only Farz for those who can afford’
Tbf I don't think there's anything wrong in removing subsidy for Hajj because Hajj in itself is farz only for those who can afford , so I want no reason for the govt to be bearing any kind of subsidy for it.
However id like to see rich Hajis with PTI flag during hajj this time
— Sherry (@CherieDamour_) January 31, 2019
Sensible move. For those who are protesting, why should govt. provide subsidy when Hajj is an individual's responsibilty? If you don't have the financial capacity, don't do Hajj. https://t.co/NNWL3njqfR
— Danish Zaidi (@syedmdz) February 1, 2019
Others believe the hike is due to PTI’s inability to control money devaluation
To all those supporting the abolishment of the #Hajj subsidy, it's not cuz #PTI no longer wants to establish a 'Riyasat-e-Medinah,' it's cuz they've managed to devalue the rupee to a point where the cost of performing #Hajj has increased by over 60% since last year.
— Sara Hayat (@saratamman) February 1, 2019
The PTI is also losing support over their policies
— Asim (@Asim4pakistan) January 31, 2019
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