ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Friday directed the Religious Ministry to submit province wise details of Hajj quota allotted to 19 Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs) within next four days.
The meeting of the committee was chaired by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah. The committee directed the ministry to submit under which criteria the quota has been allotted to the HGOs. The ministry may also submit the details on what grounds the Hajj quota has been denied to 2000 HGOs.
Senator Zahid Khan observed that Hajj quota had been allotted to one choicest HGO in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. Hafiz Hamdullah said the quota has been allotted to only one HGO in Balochistan.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said a total of 2033 HGOs have been enrolled in the Ministry. Hajj quota has been allotted to various companies through a transparent system.
Giving details of Hajj policy 2014 Joint Secretary Hajj Shahzad Ahmed said the 20 percent quota cut imposed last year would continue this year also. A total of 143,368 Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year.
HGOs would be allotted 15,000 additional quota as per agreement inked with them last year. Consequently 86,684 will perform Hajj under private scheme and 56,684 under government scheme.
Hajj applications would be received from first week of March on first come first serve basis. Hajj categories have been exterminated this year.
Government Hajj package from Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar would be Rs. 302,381 and Rs. 287,381 for the Hujjaj of Karachi, Sukkur and Quetta.
Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Zahid Khan, Ms Zahida Khan,Muhammad Ali Rind and Surriya Amiruddin and officials of Religious Ministry attended the meeting.