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National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith harmony meets

Islamabad, July 03, 2017 (PPI-OT):A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

i) Recitation from the Holy Quran;

ii) Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting.

iii) Briefing on the award of quota to Hajj Tour Operators especially after directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting after recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the agenda item No. III in detail. The Chairman, Standing Committee apprised the Committee that Government have 60% whereas Private Tour Operators have 40% quota for pilgrims. According to the direction of Supreme Court of Pakistan Quota of pilgrims should be given to new tour operators who had already given applications and some out of them who have been deprived of their Haj Quota are trying to appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The problem lies with the old tour operators who have not reserved booking of their 50,000 Hajj flights. Its decision should be made within two days.

The Joint Secretary, M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony briefed on the agenda and apprised the Committee that 2% quota was provided by the Hajj Policy Formulation Committee constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the top most new 29 Companies on merit basis The Committee expressed displeasure on the provision of wrong quota to the new companies by the M/o Religious Affairs ignoring the high powered committee constituted by the Prime-Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan consisting on the Chairman, St. Committee of the Senate on the M/o Religious Affairs, Chairman, St. Committee of the National Assembly on the M/o Religious Affairs, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and the M/o State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

The Committee unanimously decided to reject that list of 29 new companies and suggested that M/o Religious Affairs have 40% Private Sector quota of 71684 pilgrims out of which 10% quota of pilgrims should be decreased of those who has 150 pilgrims or more than it, which becomes 7168 pilgrims whereas new tour operators should not be given quota of more than 50 pilgrims. Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA also suggested to include the small provinces like Balochistan, Kashmir and others while fixing the quota of pilgrims. The Committee decided to convene its meeting on 10th July, 2017 at 11:00am in the committee room of M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

The meeting was attended by Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr, Ramesh Lal Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Molvi Agha Muhammad, and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.

For more information, contact:
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

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