Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting on Hujj policy at the PM’s House on Wednesday.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting on Hujj policy at the PM’s House on Wednesday during which matters regarding the Hajj policy came under discussion.

The prime minister was briefed on Hajj operations and efforts being made by the ministry to improve the system. It was informed that the present government, during its tenure, had accorded special attention towards better facilitation of the Hujjaj performing their religious duty.

The confidence of the people over the fairness and transparency of the system was clearly reflected through the number of 338,696 applications received in 2017 as compared to 86,919 applications in 2013.

The prime minister directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to immediately convene the Policy Formulation Committee constituted under the direction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan for early finalization of policy options for Hajj 2018 and its approval from the Cabinet.

He also directed that special considerations should be given to the applicants over the age of 75 years and to those who apply for three consecutive years but were not selected through the balloting process.