The Senate was informed on Friday that government is taking all practical steps to ensure utmost transparency in Hajj balloting.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf told the House during questions hour that hajj pilgrims are selected through computerized balloting because of large number of Hajj applications under government scheme.
He said that about 3,75,000 Hajj applications have been received against Pakistan’s quota of 1,20,000. He said that a quota of ten thousands has been reserved for applicants who remained unsuccessful continuously for the last three or more times.
The Minister said that a quota of ten thousand has also been reserved for people with age of 80 years and above.
To another question, he said that only those banks are allowed to receive Hajj applications, which operate Sharia accounts.
Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani informed the House that PC-1 for the construction of an additional block of Federal Lodges No-1 in Quetta has been submitted while Federal Lodges have been renovated at a cost of 5.5 million rupees.
To another question, he said the government is pursuing a policy of allotment of mosques irrespective of sects. He said that no mosque is allotted on the basis of sect under his ministry.
Senate today passed “The Regulation of Generation Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017”.
The bill provides to amend the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997.
The Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari moved the bill.
The House has now been prorogued.