Lahore- Government's new Hajj policy (2014) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court.
An application was filed today in the LHC in which the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and government's Hajj fares. He stated that under government scheme the Hajj package will cost over Rs 2,72,000 for those traveling from Punjab and KPK but the private operators are charging over Rs.500,000.The LHC has summoned Attorney General of Pakistan for assistance in the matter. Over 143,000 Hujjaj will perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj policy announced in April this year.
The original Hajj quota of 179,210 allocated to Pakistan for year 2012 was reduced by 20% last year due to expansion plan of Haram Sharif and was accordingly fixed as 143,368. The Hajj scheme, 2014 will be implemented through government scheme and private Hajj group organizers (HGOs) in the ratio of 50 percent each. According to new Hajj policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the last five years won't be eligible to perform Hajj this year.