PM directs for maximum facilities to Hajj pilgrims

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APP42-13 ISLAMABAD: June 13 - Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk chairing a briefing on the working of Ministry of Religious Affairs at PM Office. APP

ISLAMABAD, Jun 13 (APP):Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir ul Mulk on Wednesday directed for provision
of maximum facilitation to the Hajj pilgrims, particularly elderly and those with
special needs.

Chairing a briefing on the working of Ministry of Religious Affairs with a special
focus on Hajj Operations 2018, he stressed for utilizing feedback on Hajj
arrangements to further improve the affordability, arrangements and facilitation
of Hujjaj in future.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the arrangements, made so
far by the Ministry, for ensuring smooth Hajj operations.

The Secretary Religious Affairs apprised the Prime Minister about various
functions of the Ministry including formulation and operationalization of Hajj
Policy, Ziaraat and Umrah, collection and disbursement of Zakat, policy
formulation for promotion of inter-faith harmony, management of Evacuee
Trust Property, Ruet-e-Hilal and ensuring error-free printing and publishing
of the Holy Quran.

The Secretary also briefed the meeting about the preparation made for ensuring
smooth Hajj Operations 2018. It was informed that 374,857 Hajj applications this
year under the Government Hajj Scheme reflected the confidence of general public
in the government-managed Hajj Operations.

The Prime Minister was informed that 10,000 seats were reserved this year for
the applicants over 80 years of age along with one physically fit attendant. Similarly,
12,235 applicants who remained unsuccessful continuously for the last three or more
years, have been declared successful to perform Hajj.
The Prime Minister was also briefed about pre-departure trainings of the Hujjaj,
transportation and accommodation and other facilities that have been arranged
to facilitate pilgrims.

The briefing, held at Prime Minister’s Office, was attended by Minister for Religious
Affairs M. Yousaf Shaikh, Secretary to Prime Minister Suhail Aamir, Secretary
Religious Affairs Khalid Masood Chaudhry, Secretary Evacuee Trust Property
Board Muhammad Tariq and senior officials.