The federal government has not yet made any announcement regarding the final quota finalized for the intending pilgrims who would be performing Hajj 2018 under the government scheme as the fate of the remaining two lac eighty thousand families is still hanging.
This delay is leading to cause further hindrance in conducting the second balloting and is creating new controversies. Previously, the federal cabinet permitted the Ministry of Religious Affairs to conduct the Hajj balloting for fifty percent of the total quota of Hajj pilgrims after the legal proceedings status was reviewed and the maximum number of Hajj pilgrims needs to be informed to the Saudi authorities.
The first round of balloting for the fifty percent quota was conducted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs on the 1st of March. The second round of balloting process is yet to be done as the decision is pending for approval from the Prime Minister on the Hajj quota and the Ministry of Religious Affairs is waiting for it.
Previously the federal cabinet affirmed sixty-seven percent quota for the government scheme and thirty-three percent for the private hajj tour operators for the Hajj 2018 which was then challenged in various cities throughout the nation. However, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed to keep the Hajj quota sixty percent for the government scheme and forty percent for the private tour operators.
It has become extremely hard for the Hajj aspirants 2018 who are still waiting for the second balloting round to take place. They all have deposited around rupees 270,000 and rupees 280,000 per person in the bank.
An official informed that a summary is pending at the PM Secretariat waiting to be approved by the Prime Minister—Shahid Khaqan Abbasi relating the final decision on Hajj quota.
The official said that as soon as the ministry of religious affairs would receive the final approval it would then announce the date for the second round of balloting.
An official source of the cabinet division informed that in accordance with the decision of IHC, it has been decided that this year sixty percent people would perform Hajj under the government scheme and forty percent would perform via the private tour operators.
He added that therefore the ministry of religious affairs had to perform the balloting for the remaining ten percent of the aspiring Hajj pilgrims.