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Noor-ul-Haq Walks Out Of Cabinet Meeting Over Disagreement on Hajj Subsidy

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri walked out of the meeting of the federal cabinet on Thursday which was being chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.

According to details, religious affairs minister had a difference of opinion upon provision of the subsidy to the pilgrims in Hajj policy, which became so severe that while protesting for the cause, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri walked out of the meeting.

As per sources, federal cabinet approved the Hajj policy for 2019 while rejecting a proposal for subsidy put forth by the Ministry of Religious Affairs which irked him severely.

The minister wanted grant of Rs45,000 subsidy for each pilgrim which was not seconded by any federal minister.

Mr Qadri tabled point of view that due to the increase in taxes and dollar’s rate in Saudi Arabia, pilgrims will suffer which is not just. Therefore, he proposed a subsidy of Rs45,000 per pilgrim.

But according to officials, other ministers at the meeting argued against the proposal saying: “Those who are financially able should perform Haj, those who are unable should not go.”