ECC greenlights Hajj Policy 2023

admin 7 March, 2023
Updated 2023/03/07 at 5:49 AM
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Pilgrims make a Tawaaf around the Holy Kaaba during Hajj at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Saudi Arabia

The Hajj quota allocated to Pakistan for the year 2023 is 179, 210 pilgrims

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet on Monday gave its nod to the Hajj Policy 2023 and agreed to provide foreign exchange cover of $ninety million.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony supplied a precis to this effect before the cupboard committee assembly held with Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Ishaq Dar in the chair.

The Hajj quota allocated to Pakistan for the year 2023 is 179,210 pilgrims, which might be divided between the government and personal hajj schemes at a ratio of 50:50, in step with a declaration issued by means of the finance ministry.

Out of the authorities and personal hajj schemes, a quota of 50% every could be reserved for sponsorship scheme, it said including for the yr 2023, the tentative hajj package for the Northern location is Rs1,one hundred seventy five,000 and for the South Region is Rs1,a hundred sixty five,000.

PIA unveils Hajj 2023 fares

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), on March 4, announced that its pre-Hajj operation would start on May 21 and continue till August 12 during which the national flag carrier will lift 38,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

“Pre Hajj operation will commence from 1st Zilqad till 4th Zilhajj, 1444 corresponding to Gregorian date 21st May till 22nd June 2023 (subject to moon sighting),” according to PIA Hajj circular.

The national flag carrier has decided to charge fares in US dollars for the second year in a row and fixed the fares for pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia under the private Hajj scheme from $870 to $1180 for the Southern region that includes Karachi, Quetta, Sukkur, Hyderabad.

On the other hand, the airfares for the pilgrims from the northern region were in the range of $910 to $1,220. The northern sector includes Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, and other cities.

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