Make Hajj ar­range­ments com­plaint free

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY, it has be­come a sort of peren­nial fea­ture ev­ery year that the Hu­j­jaj on their re­turn ex­press their out­cry over the ‘lack of ar­range­ments’ made for them by the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs on the holy land. Apart from this, al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in Hajj ar­range­ments are also sur­fac­ing over the last few years, es­pe­cially the con­vic­tions of one former Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and the former DG in em­bez­zle­ment case not only shook the con­fi­dence of the pub­lic but also brought bad name and em­bar­rass­ment to the coun­try.

How­ever, since the in­stal­la­tion of present gov­ern­ment, ef­forts have been made to ex­tend max­i­mum fa­cil­i­ties to the Hu­j­jaj like the Hajj pack­age has been re­duced yet we be­lieve much needs to be done to pro­vide bet­ter med­i­cal, transport and ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties to the Hu­j­jaj. In ad­di­tion, de­lay in the flights of PIA to and from Saudi Ara­bia needs to be checked. In this re­gard, Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain, while talk­ing to Min­is­ter Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf, gave a timely di­rec­tion to the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs, to re­move all the ir­ri­tants that cause dis­com­fort to the pil­grims. In­deed, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to make the best pos­si­ble ar­range­ments, yet those em­bark­ing upon the holy jour­ney should not for­get that Hajj is a jour­ney and act of wor­ship and there is al­ways trial in wor­ship no mat­ter what form. Those who de­part with the mind­set that the Hajj is sup­posed to be easy, get im­pa­tient and start com­plain­ing at the slight­est in­con­ve­nience. Hence, pil­grims need to be­gin their jour­ney with the knowl­edge and in­ten­tion that this is a voy­age of tri­als and not one of lux­ury. While we ex­pect that the gov­ern­ment makes best pos­si­ble ar­range­ments for the Hu­j­jaj, we hope that those trav­el­ling to the holy land will also demon­strate ut­most pa­tience and focus more on the Hajj ri­tu­als rather than find­ing faults in Min­istry’s ar­range­ments.


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