SC announces raise in quota for private Hajj operators

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday announced its brief ruling in Hajj quota policy case.

In its judgement, a three-member SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali ordered 50 per cent quota for private Hajj tour operators for the current year.

The government had reduced the quota to private tour operators to 40 percent.

The detailed decision will be issued later.

Last week, the Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony postponed it Hajj balloting due to the subjudice case.

Supreme Court had ordered the ministry not to issue results of balloting to ensure transparency.

The new date of balloting will be announced in the light of Supreme Court’s detailed decision.

According to ministry 280,617 applications have been received and 83,440 pilgrims will be selected through a transparent balloting.

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