Hajj 2024 cost reduced by Rs0.1 million

Hajj 2024

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed on Thursday revealed the much-anticipated Hajj policy for 2024.

Addressing a press conference here, the minister said next year’s pilgrimage is set to cost 1.075 million rupees, significantly reducing the financial burden on pilgrims compared to the previous year’s 11,075,000 rupees.

Aneeq Ahmed underscored the pivotal role of digitization in the upcoming Hajj, introducing a cutting-edge mobile application that operates seamlessly even in low-connectivity areas.

With a focus on efficiency, 90,000 pilgrims will receive suitcases embedded with QR codes, streamlining the entire management process, he said.

Children under 10 years of age allowed to perform Hajj

In a bid to make the pilgrimage more affordable, ongoing discussions with airlines aim to secure minimum airfare, with the resulting savings allocated to pilgrims’ accounts, he revealed.

It’s worth noting that the cost of a sacrificial animal is not included in the initial Hajj package.

To further enhance the overall experience, the Ministry of IT played a key role in digitizing the process. The dedicated app for Hajj 2024 will provide 7GB of data internet for 40 days, facilitating unlimited calls within Pakistan.

Aneeq Ahmed expressed confidence that this digital leap will herald a hassle-free communication breakthrough during the pilgrimage.

In a gesture of national pride, all women undertaking the spiritual journey will be presented with abayas featuring the Pakistani flag, accompanied by small bags and Ihram to simplify the pilgrimage process.

The Hajj application can be downloaded from the Religious Affairs Ministry website. It is important to note that Hajj applications can be downloaded from November 27 to December 12.

Acknowledging the collaborative effort, Aneeq Ahmed credited caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and emphasized the steadfast support of the Saudi government in shaping the Hajj policy. With cabinet approval secured, the policy is set to redefine the pilgrimage experience, ensuring every pilgrim is equipped with a mobile app to enhance safety and communication on this sacred journey.”

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