Dar chairs a meeting on Hajj Policy-2023, Meeting was briefed that more than 179,000 Pakistanis expected for Hajj this year
PIA declares fares for Hajj-2023
KARACHI ( Web News )
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced its flight operation for this year’s Hajj with its first flight scheduled for Saudi Arabia on May 21.
The national flag carrier will operate pre and post-Hajj flights from May 21 to August 2, a PIA spokesperson said in a statement. The PIA will use Boeing-777 and Airbus A-320 for flights to Jeddah and Madinah during the Hajj operation.
The PIA, like the previous years, has decided to charge airfare in US dollars from pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia under private Hajj scheme.
The airfare for pilgrims from the Southern region and Northern region will be in the range of $870 to $1,180 and $910 to $1,220, respectively.
The spokesperson said the airfare for pilgrims going to the Kingdom under government scheme would be announced by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The fare is likely to be in the range of Rs310,000 to Rs330,000. The hajj expense is likely to rise to Rs1.25 million this year.
Earlier Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Saturday stated that Hajj is a sacred religious obligation to be performed by every Muslim and they have to contribute their part for the blessings of Almighty Allah.
Dar expressed these views while chairing a meeting on Hajj Policy-2023 at Finance Division on Saturday.
Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony, SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, Special Secretary Finance and senior officers from Finance and Religious Affairs Ministries attended the meeting.
The meeting was apprised on the Hajj-2023 policy, expected number of Pakistanis applied to perform Hajj. It was informed that more than 179,000 Pakistanis are expected for Hajj this year.
Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs informed the Finance Minister about certain issues related to foreign exchange and sought his support.
Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar stated that Hajj is a sacred religious obligation to be performed by every Muslim and we have to contribute our part for the blessings of Almighty Allah. The Finance Minister committed to extend maximum support and cooperation of facilitating the Hajjis to make the religious event successful.
Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs thanked the finance minister for cooperation and support.