The government has made all the arrangements needed by the Hajj pilgrims 2018 under the government Hajj scheme. The finalized arrangements include accommodation, catering, transportation and other required facilities by the Hajj pilgrims in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as informed by Sardar Muhammad Yousuf—the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs.
While conversing with the media after taking oath from the elected members of Central Labour Union—Rawalpindi on Friday the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs said that owing to the best-provided arrangements last year by the Pakistani government in Saudi Arabia. This year a record-breaking number of applications were submitted by the citizens for the government Hajj scheme 2018.
He added that the government has made a policy to provide the best facilities to the intending Hajj pilgrims. Sardar Muhammad Yousuf added that the government is taking more initiatives to make sure that better Hajj arrangements are provided to the pilgrims.
The minister informed that the government has set earlier a quota of sixty-seven percent for the government Hajj scheme while thirty-three percent for the private hajj scheme.
The Supreme Court gave a decision fixing the quota to sixty and forty percent for the government and private sector respectively. The government has filed a petition asking for an additional seven percent government quota.
He further mentioned that a quota of ten thousand was already fixed for the applicants above eighty years of age and for the ones who have applied three times in a row for Hajj but remained unsuccessful.
The minister also informed that the training sessions of the intending Hajj pilgrims have also begun. He added that this year government has adopted a transparent policy for the Hajj 2018 scheme.
Minister expressed his hope that may the Supreme Court soon give its decision regarding Hajj quota review petition so that the balloting for the remaining Hajj quota under the government scheme be conducted.