Pakistan surrenders Hajj quota to Saudi, 1st time in history

Pakistan surrendered its Hajj quota allotted to Saudi Arabia for the first time.

This happened as the number of applications fell short of available seats.

The government scheme quota of eight thousand was returned to Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan will save 24 million dollars as it does not have to pay for accommodation.

The Pakistani government had announced that there would be no voting for Hajj applicants.

This points out to the miseries caused by rising inflation in the country.

Pakistan had been requesting an increase in the Hajj quota but the allotted numbers were not met this year.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that Muslims are required to undertake at least once in their lifetime.

Pakistan is one of the largest contributors to Hajj, with around 200,000 pilgrims performing the pilgrimage every year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the Hajj pilgrimage, with Saudi Arabia allowing only a limited number of pilgrims last year.