LAHORE - A Division Bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved verdict of Haj quota case and observed that the Haj quota was a trust with government but no legislation had been made to regulate business of Rs 60 billion to bring transparency.

A Division Bench comprising LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Shoaib Saeed was hearing the petitions filed by Travel Shop and others challenging Haj policy 2013 and Haj quota allotment.

When proceedings resumed on Thursday, Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Abdul Hai Gillani appeared before the bench and submitted that the Apex Court had set aside interim orders of LHC single bench for available Haj quota allocation through bidding.

However, the petitioner's counsel said that Section 7 of Haj Policy 2013 had been violated.

He argued that Haj quota was allotted to 19 such companies who were not only ineligible but also offer Haj services on expensive rates.

He contended that the LHC had ordered to allot quota to companies who were offering Haj services at rate of Rs 250,000 each whereas Rs 361,000 were being charged by the government under green category.

The Chief Justice observed that Haj quota was a trust with the government but no legislation had been made to regulate business of Rs 60 billion to bring transparency.

He further said that the government was duty bound to take steps for uplift of poor which constitutes 80 per cent of the population.

The bench observed the government should make legislation for allotment of Haj quota next year and also form a commission to review matter of making Haj inexpensive as per competition commission report.

The bench reserved the judgement which would be announced later.