Senate body briefed on Hajj policy-2011

The Ministry of Religious Affairs Wednesday briefed the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs on the Hajj policy for the year-2011.

This year, around 179,256 intending pilgrims would perform the religious obligation in Saudi Arabia under the government and private schemes, Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs Shaukat Hayat Durrani apprised the committee.

Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said all-out efforts would be made to ensure provision of maximum facilities to Hujjaj.

The meeting, chaired by Senator Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah, was attended among others by Senators Raja Zafarul Haq, Zahid Khan, Ismael Buledi and Abdul Khaliq Pirzada.

The draft of new Hajj Policy will soon be presented before the federal cabinet for approval after which applications would be sought from aspirants of performing Hajj. The Ministry will start receiving applications later this month – almost six months before the commencement of pre-Hajj flight operation.

The committee was informed that there would be no balloting for Hajj this year and formula of “First come, First-served” would be applied.