SC directs Ministry to distribute Hajj quotas under rule

Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) to distribute quota among private Hajj operators according to policy.
The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case filed by new tour operators.
During the course of proceedings, the counsel for tour operators told the court that the Religious Ministry was not implementing high court verdict. The chief justice remarked that the Religious Ministry was bound to implement the high court’s verdict. The chief justice directed the ministry to distribute Hajj quota according to Rules and Policy and adjourned hearing of the case for an indefinite period.
Meanwhile it is reported that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony is likely to allot quotas to 742 registered Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs) on Wednesday. According to officials, the ministry is likely to devise a policy to allot Hajj quota to the HGOs which are enrolled during the year 2006-07.
Meanwhile, the ministry has asked HGOs to submit five percent of their package amount as bank guarantee, which will be released only on showing satisfactory performance. Each HGO has been asked to provide item-wise detailed cost break up of their package to the ministry with documentary evidence.—APP

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