Hajj dues deposit in interest-free schemes likely

Islamabad—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.
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. No free hajj will be allowed this year, however family members of Hajj Advisory committee may accompany the member on advance payment of regular hajj dues.—APP

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