Saudi authorities abolish Umrah Tax over Pakistanis on request of PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government, on Wednesday agreed to waive 2,000 riyals tax imposed on Pakistanis performing Umrah every year on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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This development came as PM, during his visit to the Kingdom, requested the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to abolish the fee, according to media reports.

Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, while presiding the meeting said people had been complaining about the imposition of 2,000 riyals tax on pilgrims performing more than one Umrah within two years.

On this, Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Muhammad Mushtaq informed the panel that Saudi authorities wanted to discourage repeated Umrah by a few people and that the levy was charged on everyone and not discriminatory towards Pakistanis.

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