ISLAMABAD-The Supreme Court has reinstated the Haj Policy 2014 annulling the Lahore High Court's (LHC) decision in this regard. The SC has also accepted the federal government's appeal for hearing.

A two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Dost Mohammad Khan were to hear a set of appeals moved by the federal government as well as the Haj Organisers Association of Pakistan (HOAP).

Filed by SCBA President Kamran Murtaza, the HOAP’s application had challenged the July 15 order of the LHC in which the Haj Policy 2014 had been declared to be illegal to the extent of grant of quota of 15,000 pilgrims to private Haj tour operators.