Government to return Rs4 billion to Hajj pilgrims
ISLAMABAD (News) – The federal government has decided to return over Rs4 billion to Hajj Pilgrims on Tuesday.
According to reports, the amount has been saved through residence contracts. The pilgrims with residence near Masjid Al-Haram will be returned Rs30,000 and those with residence away from the mosque will be refunded Rs58,000.
Ministry of Religious Affairs already told about the return of money to the pilgrims during second ballot of Hajj scheme.
The final decision to refund the money would be taken in the cabinet meeting.
Issuance of E-visas begins as Hajj preparations enter into final phase
The authorities have started issuance of e-visas to pilgrims registered under government Hajj scheme as preparations have entered into its final phase.
A spokesperson of Ministry of Religious Affairs said that 10 pilgrims camps have been activated across the country.
“Pilgrims will be provided passports, tickets, [identification] lockets and other related valuables before their flights,” he added.
“The beginning of Road to Makkah project for Hajj 2019 will be made from Islamabad. A 51-member delegation of Saudi immigration department will reach federal capital on Sunday to review arrangements at Islamabad airport.”
Under the pilot project, immigration process of Pakistani pilgrims will be completed at Islamabad airport and luggage of the pilgrims will be shifted to their residences directly from Saudi airport.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had announced on June 27 the schedule of pre-Hajj flight operations for Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.