ISLAMABAD - Rafiq-e-Hujjaj Committee has urged the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to slash the stay duration of haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia from 42 to 35 days in order to decrease expenses.

Vice-President Rafiq-e-Hujjaj Committee Babu Imran Qureshi told APP on Sunday that the pilgrims, who depart directly to Madina Munawarah form Pakistan should also return from there instead of Jeddah to avoid rush.

Every pilgrim should be allowed to carry 40 kg luggage from current 30 kg per pilgrim, he added.

The quantity of Aab-e-Zam Zam, to be distributed among hujjaj, should be enhanced from 5 litre per haji to 10 litre per haji.

He urged collaborative efforts for restoring the haj quota of Pakistan up to 200,000 as the expansion work of Haram Sharif has already been completed.

He said a haj conference should be arranged for seeking suggestions from stakeholders including PIA, directors of haji camps, CAA, FIA, customs, ASF, HGOs, master trainers, religious scholars, Saudi Haj Ministry officials and old pilgrims to formulate new haj policy.

He said the haj master trainers and religious scholars should be allowed to visit Makkah Mukarramah/Madina Munawarrah instead of Mina.

He said special arrangements should be made for installing 100 percent tents in Mina. The issue of shortage of washrooms in Mina should be discussed with Saudi authorities, he added.

He said the camp office of Pakistan House should be set up near Haram Sharif to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims. Proper training of Khuddam and seasonal staff be nominated after proper training to improve their performance, he added.

He said training duration of pilgrims should be enhanced, besides eliminating Haj Mohafiz Scheme. Qurbani amount should not be deducted from hujjaj and they should be allowed to perform Qurbani on their own, he added.

He said services and training charges may be discontinued from haj expenses. Haj books/literature and haj CD should be dispatched to pilgrims' addresses just after balloting to enable them to thoroughly read it, he added.