ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Monday said that as many as 74,192 Hujjaj have so far returned to the country through 64 flights.
Addressing media persons, he said 37,867 Hujjaj of Government Scheme and 36,325 private schemes Hujjaj have so far been returned to the country. Out of 64 flights, 29 were of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), 15 of Shaheen and 20 of Saudi Arabian Airline.
A total of 143,368 Hujjaj would return to the country by November 19. He said 84 Hujjaj had died in Saudi Arabia included 62 government scheme Hujjaj and 22 private scheme Hujjaj. The heirs of each deceased would be paid Rs 500,000 compensation.
He expressed his satisfaction over the smooth conduct of the Hajj operation.
The Minister said, he had suggested to Saudi minister of Hajj to convene a meeting by January 15 for finalizing the Hajj policy.
Additional Secretary Hajj said the ministry had persistently monitored 734 Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs). The monitoring of 611 HGOs had been completed before the Hajj while the monitoring of the remaining Hujjaj would be completed very soon.
Only 10 complaints of HGOs has so far been received majority accusing them of violation of the agreement. The fate of the complaints would be decided after hearing both the parties, he said.
He urged the people to cooperate for ensuring peace during the Holy month of Muharram-ul-Harram.
Regarding his recent visit to Morocco which took place from Oct 28 to 31. he said both the countries have been agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in Islamic affairs.
Both the countries were agreed to strengthen socio-cultural relations.
Morocco and Pakistan agreed to exchange programmes and visit of Religious Scholars and Policy Makers between Pakistan and Morocco to deliberate upon to find solutions to a host of problems confronting the Muslim Ummah and dialogue for collaboration between civilizations of brotherly countries for establishing an effective Islamic Missionary strategy and to spread culture of tolerance and moderation between the two countries.
Both the countries have agreed to exchange Islamic Scholars and Quran Recites during during Ramazan Mubarak. The exchange of visits of specialists in the management, architecture, construction and ornamentation of mosques.
As per agreement, the Morocco would provide two scholarships to Pakistani Students for higher studies at the institute of Dar Al-Hadith Al-Hassani in Rabat; One each in Master and Ph.D degree programmes in Islamic Studies.