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Govt, Haj organisers reach accord on pilgrims’ quota

The government and the Haj Organisers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) on Thursday agreed to a quota of 60,000 pilgrims for the year, with 12,000 in addition to their original quota of 72,000 next year.

A four-member high level committee formed on the directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with the Haj Organisers Association over the pilgrim quota.

The committee was headed by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and comprised Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf and Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Ameen ul Hasnaat.

Talking to reporters, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the government had already requested Saudi Arabia to increase the pilgrims’ quota. “But the Saudi government has cut the Haj quota 2013 because of the expansion of Baitul Harram, which is applicable to all countries,” he added.

He said the committee held four meetings with the Haj tour operators to resolve the quota issue. The operators would be compensated next year, he added.

HOAP Chairman Waheed Iqbal Butt said the issue of cut in Haj quota had been settled with the government.

Dar said the Ministry of Religious Affairs would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the HOAP regarding increase in their Hajj quota for the next year.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf said all applicants under the government Haj scheme would perform the religious obligation this year.



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6 Comments

  1. Shabbo said:

    In Rs.2 lac how can a common Pakistani can perform Haj?
    I know that 90% Pakistanis earns bribery,but performing Haj with the money of bribery is useless for God Almighty.

  2. hasi said:

    Can somebody work on this issue how much a common haj operator earns by fleecing an innocent and poor pakistani

  3. Khadim said:

    in response of "Can somebody work on this issue how much a common haj operator earns by fleecing an innocent and poor pakistani"

    Dear what u think saudi Govt handle Hajj rituals as charity ?
    if so why govt scheme has high as 430,000 rupees /Haji in blue package ?
    do u also know regarding inflation in pakistan ?
    also consider ground reality in KSA
    if you want to get stayed at " Dar AL Tauheed" hotel makkah
    only for makkah city for hajj period rent of this hotel is SAR70,000/- ( i.e 1890,000 rupees) also add Madinah hotel air line ticket and other arrangements
    so can u afford hajj package of 25 LAC rupees ?
    Tour operators are doing their best to compete world wide hajj groups
    convert private package amount in saudi riyals or dollar and compare it to other countries( that,ll be 50% half of them)
    cheapest packages are being offered in pakistan

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