Hajj Policy 2024: Good news regarding Cost Reduction, Short Hajj introduced

Hajj Policy 2024: Good news regarding Cost Reduction, Short Hajj introduced

On Thursday, Religious Affairs Minister Aneeq Ahmed unveiled the 2024 Hajj policy, announcing a shift towards digitalization. The upcoming Hajj will feature a mobile application for Hajis, usable without internet, along with an arrangement for unlimited free call packages.

Minister Aneeq Ahmed highlighted that last year's Hajj cost Rs1175000, but this year's is reduced to Rs1075000. Pilgrim residences in both Holy cities are strategically located, and the cost of a sacrificial animal is not included in the original package.

Additionally, those opting for a short Hajj will need to pay an extra Rs75,000.

The caretaker cabinet approved this groundbreaking policy, aiming to surpass previous experiences and accommodate a large number of pilgrims. The 'affordable' package for the first phase is priced at 1075 thousand rupees. Ongoing discussions with airlines aim to secure minimum airfare, with savings directed to pilgrims' accounts.

The Ministry of IT played a crucial role in digitizing the Hajj process, introducing a dedicated app for Hajj 2024, providing a streamlined experience. Pilgrims will receive suitcases with QR codes through the app, and it offers 7GB of data internet for 40 days, allowing unlimited calls within Pakistan.

This digitalization aims to be a hassle-free communication breakthrough during the pilgrimage. As a symbol of national pride, women will be provided with abayas featuring the Pakistani flag, and small bags and Ihram will be distributed to ease the pilgrimage process.

A never-before-seen short Hajj, spanning 20 to 21 days, has been introduced, offering a blend of tradition and technological innovation in the Hajj 2024 policy.