Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Aneeq Ahmed, announced on Tuesday that the government is set to provide pilgrims performing Hajj this year with free mobile SIMs, inclusive of roaming internet packages. Additionally, female pilgrims will receive abayas adorned with the Pakistani flag on the back, and 13 KG suitcases, all at no cost.
In an interview with a private news channel, the minister highlighted the historical significance of the caretaker government’s decision to substantially reduce government Hajj expenses by Rs100,000. He further stated that an additional reduction of Rs50,000 is in the pipeline, with pilgrims expected to see refunds in their accounts in the coming days.
A new mobile application has been developed to aid pilgrims, offering navigation support and facilitating continuous communication between pilgrims and relevant officials. Initially available in English and Urdu, the app will later incorporate various regional languages and provide digital training programs for every pilgrim.
The minister also revealed a collaborative project between the Ministry of Hajj and the Ministry of Education, aiming to transform city mosques into schools for enrolling out-of-school children, with mosque Imams playing a pivotal role. Mosques will function as community centers in various city areas, with Imams addressing community issues post-prayer.
Highlighting another initiative, the minister shared that the Ministry of Religious Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is working on a project where medical clinics will become integral parts of mosques. Lady health workers and essential medical staff will be stationed in mosques to assist citizens within the mosque vicinity.
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