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Conditions tightened for Hajj tour operators.

ISLAMABAD, July 13, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Ministry for Religious Affairs has tightened the conditions over Hajj Quota for private Hajj tour operators. Sources said that Hajj quota would be provided to those operators who could be able to deposit Rs 50,000 as bank guarantee and should also have obtained valid permission card from Saudi government. While company should have its own website, proper office and electronic data transmission facility and could facilitate at least 300 people. If the company is newly established then it needs to get membership of IATA or its equivalent. Ministry said, the company would be declared black list, if it would not follow the new conditions. While other conditions which have to be followed by the company would include a photograph of manager or chief executive of the tour company including other particulars to be submitted to ministry, companys account in scheduled bank of ministry. The company should have neither violated the rules and regulations of Pakistan Hajj policy nor Saudi Hajj policy, the administration should fully be aware of all principles of hajj. The company should not have ever been involved with ministry over any dispute in court and companies should also take cash from pilgrims as guarantee. Ministry spokesperson said that the basic purpose to tighten the hajj conditions is to ensure better facilities for pilgrims and to control the cases of fraud.

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Date:Jul 13, 2010
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