ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (DNA): Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul
Haq Qadri on Sunday said that they were in consultation with
stakeholders regarding Hajj policy 2021.
“Hajj could be expensive this year due to COVID-19 SOPs,” he said adding
that they were eyeing for more and more facilities for the pilgrims
going for it next year. He said that they would try to resolve the
issues faced during the last year.
“We will also arrange vaccine for the pilgrims,” Noorul Haq Qadri said
adding that the government would provide maximum facilities, covering
the subsidy to be provided to the travelers going to Hajj.
It is pertinent to mention here that Hajj rituals were held by Saudi
authorities during 2020 in a limited number with around 1,000 pilgrims
owing to COVID-19 pandemic. The rituals were performed during the
pilgrimage under strict COVID-19 SOPs.
Further speaking on political issues, the religious affairs minister
said that the opposition has given a deadline of January 31 for a long
march towards Islamabad, however, they have not mentioned the year of
He further lamented JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and said that the
people he is leading are not upto his stature. “We are against the
political narrative of Maulana Fazlur Rehman,” said Noor ul Haq Qadri.