This year’s Hajj is projected to cost more than Rs. 1 million, making it Pakistan’s most expensive pilgrimage to date.
According to reports in the media, the government-funded Hajj might cost up to Rs. 1 million or more, representing a 42.85% increase over the previous cost of Rs. 0.7 million stated earlier this year.
The cost of Hajj last year was under 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, on the other hand, is likely to cost more over Rs. 1.2 million.
Banks received only 43, 554 applications in the last four days of this year, according to the official, compared to a total quota of 81,132 pilgrims allocated for 2022.
Despite the limited turnout, the deadline of May 13 will not be extended.
According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, 40% of pilgrims would do Hajj at the expense of the government, while 60% will do so on their own. It has instructed applicants to verify their documents using its website.
They must also attach a document stating that they have received the full dose of the coronavirus vaccine with their applications, according to the ministry. It also stated that interested pilgrims must submit passports, health fitness certificates, three pictures, and a monetary deposit of Rs. 50,000 with their applications.