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Govt to collect Hajj expenses from pilgrims in US dollars from next year

This decision aims to streamline the payment process and bring greater transparency to the financial transactions associated with Hajj.

In a recent press conference, Talha Mehmood, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, announced that government would collect Hajj expenses in US dollars from next year.

The government will shift from collecting Hajj expenses in Pakistani rupees to US dollars starting next year. This decision aims to streamline the payment process and bring greater transparency to the financial transactions associated with Hajj.

The move to collect expenses in USD is part of the government’s broader efforts to modernize and standardize the financial procedures for Hajj. Using a universally recognized currency like the US dollar, the government intends to simplify the payment process and avoid any confusion caused by currency fluctuations.

During the press conference, Minister Mehmood expressed his satisfaction with the arrangements made by the Saudi government for the 2023 Hajj pilgrimage. He visited the hotels where Pakistani pilgrims were accommodated and acknowledged the valuable assistance provided by the Pakistani mission. The government is committed to ensuring a smooth and comfortable experience for all Pakistani pilgrims.

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Minister Mehmood also mentioned that he had been offered the opportunity to perform Hajj as a royal guest but chose to experience it as an ordinary person. He engaged in discussions with Saudi authorities, drawing attention to the issues faced by Pakistani pilgrims. He received assurances from the Saudi authorities that these concerns would be addressed in the future, paving the way for an improved Hajj experience for Pakistani pilgrims.

With the Hajj quota for Pakistan increased to over 179,000 pilgrims next year, the government is taking proactive measures to enhance the management and financial aspects of the pilgrimage. The decision to collect Hajj expenses in USD is a significant step toward modernizing the process and aligning it with international standards. This move is expected to contribute to a more organized and seamless Hajj experience for Pakistani pilgrims in the upcoming years.