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it was Rs270,000. However, in the new policy, the cost of Haj for individuals in the north has been fixed at Rs456,426 (with Qurbani) and Rs436,975 (without Qurbani), while for those in the south it is Rs446,426 (with Qurbani) and Rs426, 975 (without Qurbani).
Ahmed, on Friday, termed the move a “drone attack” and said that Haj has become a target of ‘tsunami’. He regretted that the government didn’t seek recommendation from the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) before deciding on the matter pertaining to a religious obligation.
He said that introducing the new policy was tantamount to refraining people from performing Haj, adding that the government “should not invite ill wishes” of pilgrims.
“The government claiming to be a Madina state is refraining people from visiting Makkah and Madina,” he said, claiming that the same government had announced to spend billions for restoration of cinemas.
He suggested that instead of spending billions of rupees for restoration of cinemas, the government should subsidise Haj.
PPP leader Raza Rabbani pointed out the absence of Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri in the ongoing session. He asked the treasury benches if the minister was angry. “Neither did he address the press conference on Haj policy [yesterday], nor has he responded in the Senate to the notice.”
In yesterday’s cabinet meeting, Qadri had reportedly walked out after his proposal for a subsidy of Rs45,000 per pilgrim was rejected by his fellow members of the federal cabinet. Sources said that Qadri was due to accompany the information minister at the press briefing.
The information minister, however, denied reports that Qadri was to be present at the presser.
Senator Shibli Faraz of the PTI told the Senate on Friday that the minister was not angry.
State Minister Ali Mohammad Khan responded to the notice, saying the government was standing by its stance of establishing a Madina-like state.
The minister clarified that 70 per cent of expenditures are made in Saudi Arabia and the government has no control over expenditures there. He further elaborated that expenses for accommodation, meals and other services have drastically been increased in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.