The Lahore High Court chief justice on Thursday directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to submit, by August 15, a list of 100 Hajj tour operators who meet the ministry’s criteria and distribute a 3,000 pilgrims quota among them.
He was hearing a petition filed by Ashfaq Ahmad Mirza and others against the ministry not allotting newly-registered tour operators a quota despite court orders. When proceedings started on Thursday, the counsel for the ministry told the court that more than 700 applications filed by new tour operators were being scrutinised, the details of which had been forwarded to the Federal Board of Revenue for verification. The chief justice directed that the process be completed by August 15.
Earlier, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to inform pilgrims in writing about the complaint centres located in Makkah and Medina.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.