Govt Terms Saudi Prince’s Letter Fake
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has termed a Saudi Prince’s letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan as fake, Dunya News reported on Wednesday.
Secretary Religious Affairs Agha Sarwar Qazalbash said there is massive mafia operating in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), which could possibly be involved in the letter writing.
He said the mafia could have written the letter to the CJ on finding their interests unfulfilled.
Qazalbash said two people, in the garb of spokesmen of Saudi prince, turned up to him during his visit to the kingdom and offered him expensive accommodations, adding when their offer was jettisoned, they wrote the letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan on getting their offer dashed. The secretary said the present accommodations have been availed at rent worth 1,400 to 1,600 riyals, contrasting earlier accommodations which were taken on rent worth even 2500 riyals. Agha remarked that pilgrims are being refunded with the amount, which went surplus owing to the inexpensive accommodations. Meantime, the Foreign Ministry has been sought to verify the veracity of the letter in question. Earlier, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Faisal on Wednesday wrote a letter to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry revealing Pakistan’s religious ministry huge corruption in provision of residences to the Hujjaj at Makkah.
He addressed the CJP divulging that the Pakistani Hujjaj Committee rejected the Saudi offer pertaining to the residences for the 35,000 pilgrims for 3,350 riyals which was just 2 kilometers away from Haram and committed for the lodgings costing 3,400 to 3,600 riyals.
Taking the suo moto notice on the letter, the apex court directed the concerned ministry to file a reply in this respect within 15 days.