New Hajj policy will look to reduce air fares: Sardar Yusaf

By APP
Published: February 2, 2014
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Sardar Mohammad Yousaf chairing a meeting of the Hajj and Umrah Committee at the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on February 1, 2104. PHOTO: PID

Sardar Mohammad Yousaf chairing a meeting of the Hajj and Umrah Committee at the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on February 1, 2104. PHOTO: PID

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusaf on Saturday said that a new Hajj policy is in the making with the special emphasis to provide better facilities to indenting pilgrims, and an agenda to cut down rising air fares for pilgrims.

Addressing a function at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), the minister stated that the government attaches top priority to improve conditions for Hujjaj in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He said a high-level delegation is being sent to Saudi Arabia to negotiate various matters pertaining to transport and residential accommodation for the Hajis.

He assured that all workable suggestions of the RCCI for the improvement of facilities for Hujjaj and those who intended to perform Umrah, would be incorporated in the new Hajj policy.

The quotas for private tour operators, which were slashed last year, will also be restored.

Yousaf said the ascending value of the dollar had inflated the cost of Hajj , but this year the Ministry would take the matter up with PIA to lower fares to affordable prices.

India for instance, he pointed out, had controlled Hajj by arresting the dollar’s ascent and offering high rates of subsidy to the Hujjaj.

The upcoming Hajj will also utilise the Electronic Monitoring system to alleviate grievances of Hujjaj.

Earlier, Acting President RCCI Malik Shahid Salim and Chairman of RCCI Standing Committee on Hajj and Ummrah Bilal Maqbool gave a detailed briefing to the Minister and apprised the matters confronted to the private Hajj and Umrah tours operators.

A large number of members of the RCCI attended the function.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Shahid Kinnare
    Feb 2, 2014 - 12:46AM

    Pakistan is poor country. How can its people effort Hajj. Haj is not faraj so no need for haj. Pakistan should spend this money on education.

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  • AK
    Feb 2, 2014 - 8:35AM

    @Shahid, Being Poor has nothing to do with Hujj, if a Muslim can afford Huj, s/he should go. Govt is not spending any amount on Hujj , Govt’s role is to facilitate all Pilgrims so that they could avoid any inconvenience/issue.

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  • pakistani
    Feb 2, 2014 - 9:25AM

    @Shahid Kinnare:
    Hajj is mandatory only once in a life to those who can afford. It’s a religious obligation for once in life. I am sure there are plenty other ways to spend on education. Poor country doesn’t need mean to spend everything on education. Between if people are going on their hallal salary, that is not your issue. Everyone has the right to spend the money the way, they want. If you want to spend your money on education, then spend it.
    Between how many people have you given education to in your life? have you ever gone to any of those villages to give education to those poor children for free?
    Talking is easy, doing action is much harder.

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  • MUNAWAR
    Feb 5, 2014 - 11:50PM

    Dear i with the grace of allah perform Hajj. and in my point of view Govt. Should control the air line and the ticket must not exceeded over Rs.50000. and during Ummrah it will be under 40000, so that it will be under the middle and lower class people to offer hajj and umrah.Recommend

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