Pir Noor Ul Haq Qadri, who is the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, announced that Hajj might get even more expensive in year 2021 due to the consistency of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
After attending a Hajj conference with the representatives of Hajj organizers association Pakistan and Hajj organizers association Sindh, at Haji Camp, Noor stated that, “Hajj could be expensive this year due to the coronavirus SOPs”.
Noor also said that, “The government is considering to provide even more facilities to the pilgrims next year, including the arrangement of a vaccine for them.” He said that they would try to resolve the unfortunate problems and issues during the last year Hajj.
He also stated that the government is currently consulting with the stakeholders for the Hajj Policy 2021. However, Saudi Arabia had not yet declared any clear policy for Hajj 2021.
During Hajj 2020, Saudi authorities allowed only a limited number with around 1,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj under strict COVID-19 SOPs due to the coronavirus pandemic.