Friday, January 12, 2018
LAHORE: Federal minister for religious affairs and interfaith harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf on Thursday said that the aged and disabled citizens will especially be facilitated under the Hajj policy.
While speaking to the media, he said that 10,000 aged and disabled citizens would be sent to Hajj through official quota, under which 5,000 such citizens and 5,000 of their caretakers would be facilitated.
The minister said that in the year 2018, 120,000 people would avail the facility under the government quota whereas 60,000 would go for Hajj through private companies.
He said that 10,000 such people would be given preference in the government quota who had been rejected during the last two, three years.
Sardar Yousuf said that about 2,700 applications have been received for registration of private companies, adding that a special board was reviewing the applications and a list would be finalised soon.
He said that about 763 private firms were already working with the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
He hoped that the government of Saudi Arabia would increase the Hajj quota after the latest census in Pakistan.
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