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Supreme Court rules against Hajj quota policy 2016

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Anwer Zaheen Jamali has ruled against government’s new Hajj quota policy and ordered to resume 50 percent tour operators’ quota, reported.

Justic Jamali, while heading a three-member bench, ordered to resume fifty percent (50%) quota of touring operators’ in Hajj  2016 process.

Earlier, during the course of hearing of the quota for Hajj 2016 on Monday, Justice Jamali observed that the top court had to examine whether the quota was determined in the light of procedures.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs had proposed the reduction in Hajj quota of private sector from 50 perncent to 40 per cent in the larger public interest to accommodate maximum number of pilgrims.

Balloting of Hajj 2016 applications completed

“The Hajj Formulation Committee did not object on the reduction of hajj quota of private sector in the meeting which was held on March25,” the reply reads. The ministry allocated Hajj quota every year to the private sector in accordance with the Hajj policy of the concerned year.

From the very inception of the private hajj scheme in 2005, the allocation of Hajj quota has been varied and never been fixed at 50 per cent as such the Hajj quota cannot be claimed as right by the Tour Operators, the government argued in the reply.