The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Thursday has informed Senate panel that the cost of Hajj may increase this year by over one hundred thousand rupees.
The reason cited for the increase in Hajj Package is a hike in the US dollar’s exchange rate and rising airfares.
Ministry of Religious Affairs Secretary Mushtaq Bhorana, said, “The Ministry of Religious Affairs has recommended an increase in the cost of Hajj package by Rs115,000. After, this hike the total cost of government Hajj package would become around Rs550,000”.
“The hike is suggested in view of rising airfares and increase in the US dollar exchange rates,” he added.
The secretary further told the Senate panel that a total of 179,000 people are going to perform Hajj this year.
After the increase in the Hajj package, the cost of government Hajj package for the northern region would increase to Rs550,000 and that of the southern region to Rs545,000.