Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pakistan to ‘Reserve 50% Hajj Quota’ for Pilgrims Paying in US Dollars

According to reliable sources, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has agreed to give a 50% special quota in the Government Hajj Scheme-2023 for pilgrims who would pay in US dollars due to a severe lack of dollars and the weakening economy.

It is important to note that banks have been unable to issue fresh letters of credit for importers due to a shortage of dollars, which has hurt an already struggling economy. At the same time, inflation has been on the rise.

The sources said that the ministry had previously agreed to reserve a 25% Hajj quota for individuals who would deposit their dues in US dollars, but that decision has now had to be reviewed because the finance ministry has declined to provide $2 billion for the Hajj expenses.

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