ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri has said that to introduce new five-year Hajj policy, consultations with all stakeholders was underway.
Addressing a Hajj consultative workshop organized by the Directorate of Hajj Multan here on Saturday, Noorul Haq assured that the new Hajj policy and Hajj operation 2019 would be better than the previous years.
He said that efforts were being made to increase Pakistan Hajj quota from the next year, as a large number of Hajj applications could not be entertained every year. He said that the Saudi Arabia government’s formula for Hajj quota for the Muslim countries was one person per thousand people. Saudi Arabia authorities would be contacted to increase Pakistan’s Hajj quota, he added.
The Minister Religious Affairs stressed for training of Hajj pilgrims as it was necessary for performing all rituals of Hajj in a better way. He directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to make short movies about Hajj and release it on the social media to inform the people.
He said that the ministry would also hold a session with Ulema and custodians of mosques and religious seminaries to create awareness among those intending to go for Hajj.
Noorul Haq Qadri further state that all complaints about Hajj arrangements including provision of buildings and availability of facilities would be addressed. He urged the private tour operators to focus on fitness of Hajj pilgrims.
Later, shields were distributed among philanthropists. Director Hajj Multan Rehan Khokhar said that they had invited Hajj pilgrims of 2018 to listen to their recommendations and to improve the Hajj 2019 arrangements.
On this occasion, PTI MNA Malik Amir Dogar, Joint Secretaries Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zeenat Khan Bangash, Zahid Raja and others were also present.—INP