Saudi Arabia has agreed to waive a 2,000 riyals Umrah tax imposed on Pakistani citizens performing Umrah, following a request made by Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafour Haideri, chairman of Senate standing committee on religious affairs, related that he had received many complaints about the “discriminatory tax” of SAR2,000 imposed by the Saudi government on Pakistani pilgrims who perform more than one Umrah in two years.

This move by the Saudi government was to discourage repeated Umrah pilgrimages by some people. Saudi Arabia was the first foreign destination of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan. During this visit, he took up the matter with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and he has agreed abolish this tax.