Religious Ministry issues 71,684 quota to registered HGOs

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has issued Hajj quota of 71,684 to the registered Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).

According to a ministry spokesperson, all the issues relating to Hajj 2016 have been sorted out in a meeting with Hajj Group Organisers Association of Pakistan (HOAP).

The registered HGOs have been asked to receive their offer letters from the relevant Haji camp after completing their necessary documents, the spokesperson told APP on Saturday.

He said during the meeting both the sides agreed to provide maximum facilities to the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia this year.

The spokesperson said total 143,268 Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year, half of them under the government scheme and half through private scheme. The ministry, he said, had already provided details of quota and registered HGOs to Saudi Arabia.

It may be mentioned here that there was a deadlock between HOAP and the ministry on certain issues. The HOAP delegation, which held talks with the ministry officials, was led by Chairman Muhammad Nadeem Sharif and included Sanaullah Khan, Imtiaz Bhatti, Javed Akhtar, Chaudhry Munawwar Ahmed, Waheed Iqbal Butt and Jamal Tarakai.

The ministry side included Joint Secretary Hajj Muhammad Farooq, Deputy Secretary Farid Islam Khattak and Section Officer Nasir Aziz.

According to the joint declaration issued at the end of meeting, all the issues between the HOAP and the ministry have been resolved amicably.

The HOAP also expressed their confidence in the Secretary Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sohail Aamir and hoped that the issues would be settled with consensus in future. -APP