KARACHI: As many as 43,000 forms have been received by applicants aspiring to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2022 pilgrimage as Friday (today) is the last day to receive the forms, ARY NEWS reported.
According to sources, the religious affairs ministry has finalized arrangements with 81,000 allowed to travel to the Kingdom this year.
“The quota for pilgrims has been divided into 60 and40 for private and government tour operators respectively,” they said and added in 2019, 180,000 pilgrims travelled from Pakistan for Hajj.
The sources further shared that Pakistani airlines will be operating Hajj operations and their fare would range between Rs180,000 to Rs280,000.
It has been further recommended to charge Rs945,000 for government-facilitated Hajj while private tour operators will be allowed to charge above Rs1.2 million for the pilgrimage.
They further shared that it would be mandatory for the pilgrims to carry smartphones while it would also be compulsory to have a Saudi SIM and internet package.
It is to be noted that Saudi Arabia has allotted the second-highest quota of Hajj pilgrims to Pakistan after the Kingdom allowed one million people to perform the holy pilgrimage this year.
Saudi Arabia has allotted the highest quota of Hajj pilgrims to Indonesia, followed by Pakistan. As many as 81,132 pilgrims would be able to travel to the Kingdom to perform Hajj in 2022.
Dedicated Hajj helpline
A dedicated Hajj helpline has been established by ministry of Religious Affairs for facilitating pilgrims who wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the pilgrimage in 2022.
According to reports, the helpline is aimed at prompt registration, guidance and resolution of the complaints of intending pilgrims of Hajj 2022.
While quoting sources, the report said that the intending pilgrims would get quick answers about their pilgrimage-related queries by contacting 051-9216980; 051-9216981; 051-9216982; 051-9205696.