Saudi Arabia agrees to abolish Umrah tax for Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince agreed to abolish SAR2,000 additional fee after PM Imran’s request

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Islamabad: Saudi Arabia has consented to pull back an extra Umrah Tax of SAR2,000 (Dh1,958) for Pakistanis following a demand made by Prime Minister Imran Khan amid his ongoing visit to Saudi Arabia.

The data was shared by Secretary of religious issues Mohammad Mushtaq with the Senate board of trustees that met to talk about the issues looked by Pakistanis while performing Haj and Umrah.

The administrator of Senate standing advisory group on religious undertakings, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, said he had gotten a few protestations about the “prejudicial assessment” of SAR2,000 by Saudi government on Pakistani travelers performing in excess of one Umrah inside two years.

Mushtaq clarified that the basis behind the Saudi move was to debilitate rehashed Umrah by a few people and that a similar duty had been required on all pioneers. “Anyway this new assessment of SAR2,000 on individuals performing in excess of one Umrah inside two years has been nullified for the general population of Egypt and Turkey after solicitations were made by administrations of these nations to the Saudi government,” Mushtaq said.

The issue had been first taken up with the Saudi experts in Islamabad and later “the leader amid his visit to Saudi kingdom took up the issue with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and he has consented to abrogate the duty,” the secretary stated, including that the Saudi government would inform the waiver soon.

The board of trustees was additionally educated about the current year’s Haj tasks and that the service of religious issues would begin arrangements for Haj 2019 in January.

Saudi Arabia was the principal remote goal of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan where he held gatherings with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the Crown to improve participation in political, safeguard, monetary, business, and social areas, and also creating “joint endeavors.”

An ongoing gathering between Pakistan’s pastor for data Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf Bin Saeed Al Malki likewise featured the nearby relations between the two amicable nations. The data serve said Pakistan has constantly esteemed its heartfelt and cordial relations with the loving nation, while the Saudi Ambassador affirmed that Saudi Arabia thinks about Pakistan as a companion with whom Riyadh appreciates time-tried close relations.

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