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New PTI Policy Means Hajj Pilgrimage Will Be Almost Twice As Expensive

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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.

The current prices are 60 percent more than what they were in 2018

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.

‘Hajj is only Farz for those who can afford’

‘Sensible move’

Others believe the hike is due to PTI’s inability to control money devaluation

The PTI is also losing support over their policies

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  1. FARMAN ALI ABBAAI February 1, 2019

    That’s good move…
    After all, its not state’s work to give subsidy for HAJJ, If One can Afford it, Can For On His Own.

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