ISLAMABAD - There is no plan to stop Umrah visas next year as a result of development projects at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Madinah, Haj Ministry spokesman Hatim Qadi said on Friday.
“We are continuing our investigation with the three agents and their file will be passed to the governorate and then to the court to take legal action,” Qadi said.
Asked about prospects of licensing more agents to provide domestic Haj services, Qadi said: “We have licensed 250 companies to provide domestic Haj services and there is no plan to issue more licences at the moment. We would like to see better services from the existing companies.”
He said the ministry would review the overall performance of the different departments during this Haj season to learn lessons from mistakes and improve services.
Qadi said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar was successful in convincing Nigerian authorities the reason for sending back some women pilgrims this year for violating Haj regulations.