This year’s Hajj is estimated to cost more than Rs. 1 million, making it the most costly trip for Pakistanis.
According to media sources, the government-funded Hajj would cost up to Rs. 1 million or more, representing a 42.85 percent increase over the previous cost of Rs. 0.7 million was revealed earlier this year.
Last year, the Hajj cost less than Rs. 5 lac.
According to a Ministry of Religious Affairs official, fewer applications for Hajj have been received this year due to the huge increase in expenditures. Private Hajj is also likely to cost more than Rs. 1.2 million.
According to the official, banks received just 43 554 applications this year’s last four days, despite a total limit of 81,132 pilgrims allowed for 2022.
Despite the limited attendance, the deadline of May 13 will not be extended.
According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, 40% of pilgrims would do Hajj at the cost of the government, while 60% would do so on their own. It has instructed applicants to utilize its website to verify their papers.
The ministry has also urged them to attach a document proving that they have received the full dose of the coronavirus vaccination with their applications. It says that interested pilgrims must provide passports, health fitness certificates, three pictures, and Rs. 50,000 as a bribe with their applications.