The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Tuesday unveiled the Hajj policy for 2024, which aims to revolutionize the pilgrimage experience for Pakistani pilgrims.
Acting Minister of Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed announced that the policy, which will be presented to the cabinet for approval in the next 10 days, introduces several innovative changes to ensure a more comfortable and connected journey for Hajj pilgrims.
One of the most notable changes is the introduction of a short Hajj option, allowing pilgrims to choose a more compact pilgrimage experience lasting between 18 and 30 days. Minister Aneeq Ahmed emphasized that this flexibility would allow pilgrims to tailor their trip according to their preferences.
qr designed suitcase
A highlight of the new policy is the provision of two specially designed suitcases for each Hajj pilgrim, adorned with QR codes containing essential information such as the pilgrim’s name, passport number, residence, school number and other details. This innovation aims to streamline logistics and improve security during the pilgrimage.
In a significant step towards connectivity, the ministry also reached an agreement with a Saudi Arabian mobile phone company to provide a special mobile package exclusively for Hajj pilgrims.
This package, priced at Rs 4,000, will allow pilgrims to make audio and video calls, ensuring they can stay in touch with their families in Pakistan throughout their Hajj journey.
Minister expresses hope for progress
Minister Aneeq Ahmed expressed optimism about these developments, saying: “Now Pakistani pilgrims will not get lost in the crowd. These changes are designed to simplify the Hajj experience, improve communication and provide peace of mind to pilgrims.”
Additionally, the Saudi government has generously offered official residences to Pakistani pilgrims, further facilitating their accommodation during their holy journey.
The Hajj Policy 2024 promises to transform the pilgrimage experience for Pakistani Muslims, offering flexibility, convenience and connectivity like never before. With these innovative measures, the Ministry of Religious Affairs aims to ensure that the spiritual journey of Hajj remains a memorable and appreciated experience for all pilgrims.