The caretaker government of Pakistan has announced the Hajj policy for 2024, with a significant reduction in the cost of the pilgrimage. The economy package for Hajj 2024 starts from Rs. 1,075,000 for the South Zone. Moreover, the North Zone package is priced at Rs. 1,175,000.
Islamabad – The Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs, Aneeq Ahmed, has announced the Hajj Policy 2024, which includes a significant reduction of Rs100,000 in the cost for pilgrims. In addition, the first phase of the policy featured an ‘affordable’ package priced at 1075 thousand rupees.
During a press conference in the federal capital, Minister Ahmed shared that Saudi Arabia has allocated a quota of 179,210 pilgrims for Hajj 2024. This quota will be evenly distributed between the government and private Hajj schemes.
A noteworthy feature of Hajj 2024 is its digitalization. Pilgrims will receive a mobile application that can be used without the need for an internet connection. Moreover, the app will offer various options, including a platform for lodging complaints.
Pilgrims will also receive several complimentary items, such as a SIM card with seven GB of data, a suitcase with a QR code, Ihram belts for men, Abaya for women, and shoe bags.
Under the Government Hajj Scheme 2024, the cost has been reduced to Rs1,075,000 after a Rs100,000 decrease. Minister Aneeq Ahmed mentioned ongoing negotiations with airlines to secure discounts on ticket prices. However, if successful, any savings in airfare will be transferred to the pilgrims’ accounts.
The Hajj Secretary clarified that the cost of a sacrificial animal is not included in the original Hajj package. Moreover, if anyone wants to go for a short Hajj, then the pilgrim will have to pay Rs75,000 extra.
Additionally, pilgrims can receive a refund of Rs35,000 if they choose to shorten their stay to four days in Madinah.
For those planning to undertake Hajj in 2024. The government will start accepting applications from November 27, with the deadline set for December 12, 2023.
The government is committed to making Hajj an affordable and accessible pilgrimage for all Pakistani Muslims. However, the reduced prices and new initiatives will help to make Hajj 2024 a memorable experience for all pilgrims.