KARACHI A large number of intended Hajis staged protest in front of Karachi Press Club against the Ministry of Religious Affairs and a local travelling agent here on Tuesday.
According to details, hundreds of intended Hajis and their family members across the metropolis gathered and chanted slogans against the Al Furqan Travel and Tourism and ministry of religious affairs.
One of the participants Meraj said that he performed Umra last year and his parents and one sister had intended to perform Haj this year, and after they submitted the application through Al Furqan Travel and Tourism and handed over money around Rs240,000 per person.
They said that after a few months the management of the Al-Furqan handed over the acceptance letter to all the intending Hajis, but later the Al-Furqan management was said that the Saudi Government was not given the Haj Visa to the applicant due to accomplished the HAJJ quota.
A protester Wahid Jamal alleged that the Al-Furan and Minister of Religious Affair monopoly were behind that, and due to their negligence the intended Hajis could not perform Haj.
The office-bearer of Al-Furqan travel and tourism agency, Faisal said that the Saudi Government did not given the visa to the applicant and adding that the administration of Al Furqan would return the money to the applicants after completion of documents.
The participant appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister and of Pakistan to take stern action against the administration and authorities of the religious affairs.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 10-Nov-2010 here.