Supreme Court (SC) Thursday granted appeals of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and private tour operators in Hajj quota case and declared the Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict as null and void. According to a private TV, the petitioners had requested the apex court to set aside the LHC judgment of June 6 on the grounds that it would cause tremendous loss to tour operators and inconvenience some 90,000 pilgrims. A four-member special bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the case. The bench in its brief verdict declared that the Hajj quota of the current year will not be changed and the new tour operators will not be offered Hajj quotas this year. The court however ordered for adopting a coordinated process to allot Hajj quotas to the tour operators next year. The Lahore High Court on June 6, 2011 had declared the Haj quota distribution under Haj Policy 2011 illegal and directed transparent distribution of quota. The court had barred the Ministry of Religious Affairs from carrying out the process of allocating Haj quota to private tour operators.