Decision has been taken to ensure provision of best facilities.

KARACHI (Daily Dunya) - State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Saturday has directed authorized dealers to make advance payments of upto 30pc on behalf of Hajj Group Organizers.

Decision has been taken to ensure provision of best facilities of Maktab, housing, catering, transportation and guides in Saudi Arabia to pilgrims and to avoid any displeasure situation.

In 2010, a Hajj scam had surfaced after then Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati accused Hamid Saeed Kazmi, former religious affairs minister in the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), of his involvement in corruption in the pilgrimage.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo moto notice of the case after receiving a letter by Saudi Prince Bander Bin Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who revealed that Pakistani pilgrims were charged more for the residences rented by the ministry near Makkah and Madina.