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First Hajj flight to leave for Saudi Arabia on 15th

Saudi Arabia, July 2, 2018

The first Hajj flight of Government Hajj Scheme is likely to leave for Saudi Arabia from July 15, said official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. According to Hajj Policy 2018,hajj operation would continue till August 15. Initially the hajj flights would depart directly to Madina in first fifteen days of month long pre hajj flight operation. Whereas in last fifteen days the hajj flights would depart from Islamabad to Jeddah. Hajj flight schedule would be intimated this week. The intending pilgrims would be informed through SMS, letters and website.
According to Hajj policy 2018, 179,210 Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year. Out of which 119,473 would perform Hajj under Government Hajj Scheme, while 59,737 Pakistanis would perform Hajj through private Hajj scheme. This year, the sources said the government has enhanced facilities for government hajj scheme. The services of new basses were being hired for the intending pilgrims.
Two percent hardship quota of total seats of Government Hajj Scheme has been reserved for broken families, newly born infant cases and applicants belonging to the far flung/rural areas. Likewise, 500 seats have been reserved for low paid employees. Labours of public sector, corporate organizations, companies registered with Employees Old age Benefits Institutions (EOBI)/Workers Welfare Fund sponsored by their respective organistions under their corporate social responsibility.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will pay Rs 500,000 each to the heirs of a pilgrim of Government Hajj Scheme in case of death and Rs 150,000 in case of accidental disability of one limb during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. According to Hajj Policy 2018, Rs 250,000 each will be paid to Haji on permanent disability of more than one limb and Rs 300,000 in case of emergency evacuation of pilgrim from Saudi Arabia due to illness.
Ministry will continue Hajj Mohafiz Scheme for risk management under Takaful to compensate the affected Hujjaj/nominee of the deceased Hujjaj in current year Hajj season. Each Haji/ member of Welfare Staff would be required to contribute a non-refundable amount of Rs 500 into the scheme. The said scheme would compensate Hujjaj/welfare staff against the losses.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has finalised the selection of 1,900 Pakistani Moavineen-e-Hajj (welfare staff) for deployment in Saudi Arabia to help intending pilgrims during hajj days, said officials sources of ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. According to the sources, the contingent of 1,300 welfare staff (Moavineen) including doctors, para medical staff, ministry staff have been nominated by federal ministries,departments,provincial governments, police, civil defence, scouts and other public sector organizations.