163,762 Pakistanis to perform Hajj-2016

50pc quota for private HGOs

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—To perform the sacred obligation of Islam, some 163,762 Pakistani would visit the holy places of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year, well-known sources informed this scribe on Tuesday.
A well known source has informed that the delegation of Pakistan led by the Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has called on the officials of Saudi Arabia at the holy city of Makkah and has inked the Hajj-2016 agreement. The sources said that according to agreement some 163,762 Pakistani would perform Hajj this year.
The sources said according to this accord 50% quota has been reserved for private HGO (Hajj Group Organizers) whereas 50% Pakistani would perform pilgrimage through government procedure. The sources informed as Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, the Minister of Religious Affairs would arrive Pakistan, he would constitute a committee which would officially announce Hajj policy for the year-2016.
APP adds: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony was contemplating to deposit Government Scheme Hajj dues this year in designated bank branches on no profit no loss basis schemes, said official sources on Tuesday.
Talking to APP, the sources said Ministry was taking efforts to deposit Hajj dues in the Islamic instrument in the designated bank branches. He said the ministry has started process of hiring buildings and other procurement in Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2016.
Ministry was also mulling to invite Hajj applications before announcement of new hajj policy with tentative cost. Only successful applicants will deposit hajj forms and differential amount will be refunded before their departure to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The sources said ministry intended to abolish all kinds of quotas including hardship, labour, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to facilitate maximum number of hujjaj.

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