According to Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Hajj applications can be submitted from March 16 through March 31, 2023.
In a news conference where he unveiled the Hajj Policy 2023, he said that applications may be made at 14 specific banks around the nation.
The religious minister added, “Under the regular Hajj scheme, people who have performed Hajj in the last 5 years would not be able to apply, adding that, the age barrier for Hajj has been abolished starting this year.
He added that the Sponsorship Hajj Program was given a 50% quota in both the public and private hajj programs or 44,802 seats in each program.
According to the Minister for Religious Affairs, some Hajj expenses were decreased by Saudi Arabia at the request of the Pakistani government, and he added that these expenses are lower than those of India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The minister praised the government for resolving problems with Hajj money exchange. On the country’s inflation, Abdul Shakoor claimed that due to tax increases, the cost of necessities such as food and clothing had also gone up in Saudi Arabia.