Islamabad—Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yusuf on Monday said ‘Hajj and Umrah Operation Act’ will be presented soon in the Parliament for approval and this initiative would help Hajj pilgrims resolve their issues.
Addressing the oath taking ceremony of Hajj Operators Association of Pakistan held here, the minister said “Hajj and Umrah Operation Act, earlier approved from the Cabinet Division, would be tabled soon in the Parliament for approval and this Act would help pilgrims to get rid of those agents who loot money from them.
He congratulated the Hajj operators for making Hajj 2016 as a great success and said “It was a challenge to come up with the expectations of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in terms of facilitating Hajj pilgrims and making this activity more successful”.
During the previous government’s tenure, he said, Hajj pilgrims expressed dissatisfaction over the Hajj arrangements; however, the constant efforts of the present government to facilitate the Hajj pilgrims during the last three years helped rebuild their confidence.
This year, the ministry has received 2,80,000 hajj applications from different parts of the country while 1,43,000 Pakistanis performed Hajj pilgrimage out of which 73,000 pilgrims performed Hajj pilgrimage through private schemes.
Sardar Yusuf said presently, around 742 Hajj operators were serving across the country and the government will collaborate with the Hajj Operators to bring further improvements in Hajj operation.
The minister also urged the Hajj Operators Association of Pakistan to introduce further Hajj packages to improve the services and facilitating the intending Hajj pilgrims.
He said this year all political parties of the country backed government efforts to ensure smooth Hajj operation which was made possible through joint efforts of government and private sector. As many as 30 members of Hajj Operators Association of Pakistan including Chairman and Vice Chairman took oath on the occasion.