LAHORE - The government’s new Hajj Policy-2014 has been challenged in the Lahore High Court on Friday.
Through application, the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and fares, introduced by the government. Under the government scheme, the petitioner stated that the Hajj package will cost over Rs 2,72,000 for those travelling from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the private operators were charging over Rs 500,000.
The court has summoned the Attorney General of Pakistan for assistance in the matter. Over 143,000 Hujjaj will perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj Policy announced in April this year. The original Hajj quota of 179,210 allocated to Pakistan for year 2012 was reduced by 20% last year due to expansion plan of the Haram Sharif and was accordingly fixed as 143,368.
The Hajj scheme 2014 will be implemented through the government scheme and private Hajj group organisers in the ratio of 50 percent each. According to the new policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the last five years won’t be eligible to perform Hajj this year.