LAHORE: Govt instruct to go through quota for private Hajj operators

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has stopped the federal government from allotting government’s quota of 15,000 Hujjaj to private Hajj operators.

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The LHC issued its ruling over an application in which the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and government’s Hajj fares.

He expressed that under government scheme the Hajj package will cost over Rs 2, 72,000 for those travelling from Punjab and KPK, but the private operators are charging over Rs.500, 000.

Today, the LHC heard the lawsuit and issued notices to the federal government and the federal Ministry of Religious Affairs to file their response on June 23.

Over 143,000 Hujjaj will perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj policy announced in April this year.

The original Hajj quota of 179,210 allocated to Pakistan for year 2012 was reduced by 20% last year due to expansion plan of Haram Sharif and was accordingly fixed as 143,368.

The Hajj scheme, 2014 will be implemented through government scheme and private Hajj group organizers (HGOs) in the proportion of 50 percent each.

Granting to the new Hajj policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the final five years won’t be eligible to perform Hajj this year.

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