Saudi Arabia has agreed to waive off additional 2000 riyals tax imposed on Pakistanis to perform Umrah every year. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman agreed to do this after PM Imran Khan’s request in his last visit to Kingdom.
Secretary of Religious Affairs Muhammad Mushtaq stated this while giving a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs on Tuesday during a meeting with Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.
The chairman said that he has received many complains regarding imposition of tax on performing more than one Umrah in two years. He said Saudi authorities want to discourage repeated Umrah by a few people. For this, the levy charged on and it was not discriminatory towards Pakistanis.
However, this fee was waived off on the request of governments of Egypt and Turkey, the official added.
The prime minister Imran Khan, he said, took up the matter with Saudi authorities and they agreed to waive it off.