Private Hajj is now significantly more expensive than before and is projected to exceed Rs 34 lacs. The Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Secretary, Aftab Ahmad Durrani, has revealed that private Hajj operators offer twelve packages, with the lowest priced package costing Rs. 11.8 lacs and the most expensive costing almost Rs. 3.5 million. However, pilgrims requiring additional amenities will have to pay extra.
In case a pilgrim wants to stay alone in a five-star hotel, the Hajj operator can spend more than 34 lacs, according to Dr Attaur Rehman, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The cost of performing Hajj has been estimated at Rs. 1.175 million per pilgrimage, with the Pakistani government allowing a 68% rise in costs.
To save $444 million due to a severe economic crisis, the government has authorized outsourcing the funding of half of the quota.
The sponsorship program for the government’s Hajj quota is expected to generate around $194 million, depending on the package prices and the number of applications received. Additionally, the private Hajj program is projected to produce more than $250 million.
The ministry extended the Hajj Sponsorship Scheme till April 7. However, the date for the regular Hajj scheme applications ended on Friday.
According to a notification issued by the Religious Affairs ministry, the aspirant pilgrims can now submit the Hajj applications under the sponsorship scheme till April 7 (Friday). The decision to extend the date for Hajj sponsorship scheme was taken due to difficulties faced by the expats in transferring the funds. All applicants under Sponsorship Hajj Scheme will be declared successful without the balloting.