KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notice to Secretary Ministry Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to file comments on a petition against alleged discrimination in allotment of Hajj quota under Government Hajj Scheme.
The petitioners, Muhammad Qasim Raza and 12 others submitted, that being eligible to partake in the pilgrimage they submitted their forms to a branch of private bank. The bank achieved its set target in opening hour as it received 127,586 Hajj applications out of which 53,814 were accepted later by authorities.
The applications were to be entertained on first-come-first-served basis and they submitted applications before cut-off time, yet they were declared unsuccessful, they lamented while adding that those who submitted applications after them were allotted Hajj Quota
They said that relevant authorities demonstrated discrimination in allotment of Hajj quota. The court was prayed to declare as illegal the act of authorities and direct them to allot them Hajj Quota.
After preliminary hearing, the bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan issued notice to Secretary Ministry Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to file comments on petition by June 16.