Condition For Haj Operators Challenged
AN application has been moved in the Lahore High Court challenging the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ mandatory condition for Haj operators to get membership of the International Air Travels Association (IATA) and organisation card from the Saudi government before applying for Haj quota under the Haj Policy 2010.
Three local companies through their lawyer Muhammad Azhar Siddique contended that neither they were travel agents nor were they indulged in the business of airlines tickets. They pointed out that under the law they were confined to tasking of providing facilities to pilgrims.
They said the Saudi government issued cards to only those companies which had taken pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on quota in the past. They said the Saudi government would not issue cards unless quota was allotted to these companies