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LHC directs inquiry into Hajj quota allocation

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to conduct an inquiry in the allocation of Hajj quota among Hajj group organizers within a month and submit a report on the issue by Nov 09.
Chief Justice LHC Umar Ata Bandial heard the petition alleging unequal distribution of Hajj quota among newly-registered Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).
The petitioners had submitted that the court in its earlier order had directed the ministry to also allocate Haj quota among new tour operators. The court had also ordered that only those operators should be awarded quota who met the criteria given in paragraph 19 of Hajj Policy 2012, they said and added the ministry ignored the order and awarded quota to previously registered operators only.
The new HGOs, through their counsel Azhar Siddique, have argued that the Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs had deliberately ignored the directions issued by the court and had not allocated Haj quota among the petitioner-organizers.
The petition further states that the quota has been allotted on political grounds and not on the basis of merit.
On Sept 28, Justice Bandial had issued show-cause notices to Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah and Secretary Muhammad Azam Samaa for not complying with the court’s directives on the quota allocation among newly-registered HGOs and directed them to appear in person before the court on Oct 2.
Earlier on Sept 25, Justice Bandial had ordered the religious affairs ministry to allocate quota of 490 pilgrims to be distributed among 68 newly-registered HGOs. The following day, the ministry had informed the court that 30 new HGOs had been allocated quota while legal requirement were being fulfilled to accommodate more operators.

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  1. Mohammed said:

    Even Hajj is not free evil,greedy corrupt politicians!

  2. Hajj said:

    Its sad to see that even with a religious event such as Hajj, there are people (politicians and their like) that are will to capitalise on it. Unfortunately those people with genuine intentions have to suffer meanwhile.

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