Islamabad: The Pakistani government has decided to give back Rs12 billion to those Pakistani citizens who went on the Hajj pilgrimage this year under the state-run scheme.
The country’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, has shared that each person who went on their annual pilgrimage will get a refund of Rs 97,000.
Starting Monday, July 31, the government will begin to return these funds. This follows the government’s attempts to save costs, resulting in each pilgrim getting a part of their Hajj expenses back in their bank accounts next week.
This announcement by the Minister comes just before the end of the Hajj season, as the final return flight from Hajj lands.
In 2023, about 160,000 Pakistanis made the Hajj journey this year, with Islamabad having a total quota of 179,210 pilgrims.