In an effort to enhance the experience for Pakistani pilgrims embarking on the sacred journey of Hajj, the Caretaker Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Aneeq Ahmed, announced significant reductions in expenses and a slew of enhanced facilities.
At the inaugural Hajj training program by the Directorate of Hajj Karachi, Minister Ahmed noted a reduction in Hajj expenses from Rs. 1,175,000 to Rs. 1,075,000. This aims to aid intending pilgrims. He stressed the commitment to offering top-notch amenities and rectifying past service issues.
Minister Ahmed underscored the importance of these training programs, noting their role in educating and preparing Hajj pilgrims for their spiritual journey. Such programs, organized annually in major cities like Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi, serve as invaluable resources for aspirant pilgrims.
Minister Ahmed aims to provide Pakistani women Hajj pilgrims with free Abayas, displaying the country’s name. This gesture highlights Pakistan’s commitment to religious norms and promotes national pride among pilgrims.
Furthermore, upon arrival in the Holy Land, pilgrims will receive a complimentary international SIM card, featuring 180 free international minutes. This initiative seeks to facilitate seamless communication between pilgrims and their families throughout their journey.
Minister Ahmed revealed plans for a new mobile app to support pilgrims during Hajj. This innovation will transform the pilgrimage experience, marking a milestone in Pakistan’s history.
Each pilgrim will receive a 30 kg suitcase for their belongings. Minister Ahmed ensured strict measures to prevent loss of luggage or pilgrims, boosting confidence among participants.