SC di­rects Min­istry to dis­trib­ute Hajj quo­tas un­der rule

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Supreme Court on Mon­day directed the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs (MoRA) to dis­trib­ute quota among pri­vate Hajj op­er­a­tors ac­cord­ing to pol­icy.

The three-mem­ber bench of the apex court headed by Chief Jus­tice An­war Za­heer Ja­mali heard the case filed by new tour op­er­a­tors.

Dur­ing the course of pro­ceed­ings, the coun­sel for tour op­er­a­tors told the court that the Re­li­gious Min­istry was not im­ple­ment­ing high court verdict. The chief jus­tice re­marked that the Re­li­gious Min­istry was bound to im­ple­ment the high court’s verdict. The chief jus­tice directed the min­istry to dis­trib­ute Hajj quota ac­cord­ing to Rules and Pol­icy and ad­journed hear­ing of the case for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

Mean­while it is re­ported that the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony is likely to al­lot quo­tas to 742 reg­is­tered Hajj Group Or­gan­is­ers (HGOs) on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the min­istry is likely to de­vise a pol­icy to al­lot Hajj quota to the HGOs which are en­rolled dur­ing the year 2006-07.

Mean­while, the min­istry has asked HGOs to sub­mit five per­cent of their pack­age amount as bank guar­an­tee, which will be re­leased only on show­ing sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance. Each HGO has been asked to pro­vide item­wise de­tailed cost break up of their pack­age to the min­istry with doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence.—APP

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