HYDERABAD - Caretaker Federal Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Minister Aneeq Ahmed has said that this year Hajj expense had been reduced from Rs1,175,000 to Rs1,075,000 to facilitate the intending Hajj pilgrims.
He expressed these views while addressing the First Hajj training programme organised by the Directorate of Haj Karachi here on Monday.
Federal Minister said that this Hajj was taking place in our interim setup so we will try to ensure provision of best facilities to Hajj pilgrims which were not provided in the past. He said that year aspirant pilgrims who were embarking for performing Hajj were fortunate and guests of Almighty Allah.
He said that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony every year organises such Hajj training programmes in major cities like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and this programme arranged in Hyderabad would also be helpful to educate Hajj pilgrims.
He said that during Hajj women pilgrims hailing from various Muslim countries like Indonesia and Malaysia used to wear Abaya representing their country which was a good gesture; however, we also desire to provide Abaya to Pakistani women Hajj pilgrims free of cost mentioning the name of our country on its back to representing the civilised religious norms as Pakistani women are ambassadors of their country.
Minister said that with the start of mobile app all facilities would be provided to pilgrims during performing all Hajj rituals which would be exemplary in the history of Pakistan. Every pilgrim would be provided a 30-kg suitcase to carry out their precious luggage and neither luggage nor any Hajj pilgrims would disappear during traveling.
The minister said that on the arrival at Holy Land a free International sim will be provided to Hajj pilgrims with 180 free international minutes so that pilgrims could communicate with their family members every time.