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Code of Conduct with Saudi Arabia to facilitate Hujjaj.

ISLAMABAD, July 03, 2011 (Frontier Star): Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah on Saturday expressed firm resolve to ensure transparent arrangements for the Hajj- 2011, by providing maximum facilities to pilgrims through a code of conduct, accorded with Saudi Arabian Government. Talking to PTV the minister said that he himself would supervise the coming Hajj operations and try to make exemplary arrangements for the guests of Allah Almighty both in Pakistan and at the Holy land of Saudi Arabia. He said that the Hajj policy for 2011 was announced after coordinating with Saudi Arabian Hajj authorities and this policy was formulated keeping in view of the former Pakistani Hajj policies. He said the ministry started receiving Hajj applications from April 10 and completed the whole process within 11 days by issuing 83,000 congratulation letters to the pilgrims. For women a special Aba(veil) is designed which have a Pakistani Flag sticker printed on its back to detect and recognise the female pilgrims, easily and two Abayah(veils) would be given to each female pilgrim, Khursheed said. He said that mobile phone SIMS would be allotted to each pilgrim by Haji Camp authorities and after July 15, pilgrims would be issued their buildings and Maktab (office) numbers. This year pilgrims from the same tehsil and district, would be boarded on the same plane so that they do not have to wait in Saudia for arrival of their native area pilgrims. He said that in case of the death of a pilgrim, Rs. 200,000 and in case of a critical injury in some mishap, Rs. 100,000 would be given to each to the pilgrim by Pakistan government. The strength of doctors and paramedical staff has been doubled to facilitate the pilgrims, he said. He said that Khuddam ul Hajj including 250 from Pakistan armed forces would serve the pilgrims and they will be wearing national flag uniforms for an easy recognition. He said if a complaint is received against any Hajj Operator, he would be black listed.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jul 3, 2011
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