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Saudi thinks govt should hand Haj operations over to private tour operators: Noorul Haq Qadri

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  1. HAIDER

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    Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noorul Haq Qadri has said he anticipates a further hike in Haj expenses over the next few years alongside the gradual handing over of Haj operations to private tour operators.

    In an appearance on Geo News programme, Geo Parliament, the Minister for Religious Affairs explained that Saudi authorities, as per their Haj policy, want the government to encourage citizens to opt more for private tour operators because "in the future, they believe that we should hand over Haj operations entirely to private tour operators".

    His statement comes on the back of a cabinet-approved 63 per cent increase in the cost of Haj which was met with backlash. State Minister Ali Mohammad Khan has held Saudi authorities responsible for the increase in Haj expenses, saying that 70pc of Haj expenses are incurred in Saudi Arabia.

    Under the Haj Policy 2019, the cost of performing the pilgrimage under the government scheme was fixed at Rs456,426 (with Qurbani), against last year’s expense of Rs280,000 per person. Now, every individual will have to pay an additional Rs176,426.

    Take a look: Cabinet approves 63pc increase in Haj cost

    The existing Haj quota is 60pc for the government scheme and 40pc for private Haj tour operators.

    Qadri, when questioned about the time frame for implementing a change in the quota, said that the Saudi government wants to do it "through a process".

    "As soon as possible, [they] first want every country to [change the quota] to 50pc, then 60pc [for private operators], then 70pc," Qadri added.

    Under the quota of 184,000 pilgrims given this year to Pakistan by the government of Saudi Arabia, 10,000 senior citizens are expected to perform Haj.

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    Interesting comments ....

    Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
    about 16 hours ago


    Whatever Saudis think is not always right and true.



    Khalid
    about 16 hours ago
    Using Haj, Saudi is earning money like anything; even not sparing people from poor countries. This is something Imran Khan should raise with the King. Hoping that he will listen.



    Zafar
    about 16 hours ago
    So its business, tourism over pilgrimage.



    Reynolds
    about 16 hours ago
    That will increase prices ridiculously higher as private operators will be motivated by profit - not a bad thing but the poor may be priced out.



    Ahmed bin Babar
    about 16 hours ago
    Haj is obligatory for those who are free of debts while we as a nation are buried in debts...



    Saad
    about 16 hours ago
    Yes, Government has nothing to do with religious duties, Haj and other related visits be with private sector, with licenses to operate, but Government must listen complains, revoke the licenses and punish the frauds.



    RAZA
    about 16 hours ago
    Government is making bold decession



    Jk
    about 15 hours ago
    Government should have no role in Haj. I can’t believe all political point scoring in Haj subsidy.



    A
    about 15 hours ago
    First you need keep hold of private hajj operators, make some policies and make them abide by those policies, otherwise they will make life miserable for the common people.



    Sameer
    about 14 hours ago
    The Saudi should know...this will discourage people from Hajj... A very important tenant of Islam.



    Justice
    about 14 hours ago
    Even Britsh empire and india used to give subsidy to hajj. It is more than regret that our govt looks Hajj as a mean of earning. Turkey and Iran give huge subsidies to their people performing Hajj. Saudis are making money out of this ritual are not the best example to rip off our own people by allowing private tour operators.



    Umair
    about 14 hours ago
    Hand Over hajj operation to private operators but make sure their services adhere to specified standards and prevent monopoly/cartel formation



    Uzair
    about 14 hours ago
    A very sensible suggestion. Government should decide policy, and keep vigilance for any unacceptable behaviour. Whereas the actual businesses should be done privately, within reason.



    Shah
    about 14 hours ago
    In recent years saudia has turned haj and umra into big business. A country in huge debt like Pakistan should not give too much subsidies.



    Shah Hussain
    about 14 hours ago
    Yes, please!



    Hafeez
    about 14 hours ago
    The exchange rate of dollars from 100 to 140 will itself increase price to 40%. Plus adding new taxes and price hike in saudia will push up the prices.



    SHAHID SATTAR
    about 13 hours ago
    How will the relatives of the high and mighty people perform Haj? No way they could be made to cough up their own dough for the pilgrimage. For that purpose only if for none other, governmental quota allocations are necessary.



    Obsrvr
    about 13 hours ago
    Brilliant thinking by Saudis...private operators means...it would be easier to skim more money for Saudi elite!



    Mahesh
    about 13 hours ago
    Three billion dollars don’t come free. There has to be a way to pay those back



    Khan
    about 12 hours ago
    So the Saudis are going to dictate your Haj policies ? Why not say that you want to share some money out of the loot !



    Ejaz01
    about 12 hours ago
    @SHAH, There should not be any subsidies for Haj, It should be performed by own resources I.e., hard and honestly earned money - No breibes, not stolen money.



    AW
    about 12 hours ago
    Government needs to not only get out of the Haj business but also from the business of religion completely. There should be no ministry of religious affairs as per Jinnah’s vision. Let the people and the private sector deal with it .



    Salam afridi
    about 12 hours ago
    It is not govt responsibility to send people on hajj. It is the religious obligation for those who could afford it.



    Md Asghar
    about 12 hours ago
    For social justice for everybody haj has to be performed at one's own expenses without any subsidy from the government.



    Patriot
    about 11 hours ago
    Hajj is an obligation on an individual who can afford. The government has no role in it. Leave it to an individual to organise how he will perform Hajj. The government should provide a policy framework to oversee the sector.



    saber
    about 11 hours ago
    Saudi govt need money. They want hajj the most expensive .Time for muslim world to control Mecca and Madina jointly.



    wsyed
    about 11 hours ago
    State must not have anything to do with religion.



    Dawn
    about 7 hours ago
    Including the major hospitality industry (hotels)?



    Zak
    about 7 hours ago
    Guess they feel from PPP and PML-N days, the government operators are too corrupt.



    LAHORI KID
    about 4 hours ago
    Saudi’s should adapt their own suggestions to set a good example, but the Saudi’s will never give up that role, there’s billions involved yearly. Why would they suggest that to the Pakistanis ?



    Khan
    about 3 hours ago
    @Mahesh, Mind your own business !