ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony has unanimously approved the proposals for the  establishment of recycling plant for disposal of  shaheed Quran papers in Islamabad and the construction of Hajj Complex, Lahore.

Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony met yesterday with Senator Hafiz Abdul Karim in the chair to take briefing on the Public Sector Development program (PSDP) for the next financial year, 2022-23, here at the Parliament House.

The stance of the ministry was that to avoid allegations and events of blasphemy, shaheed holy pages  are required to be disposed on in an appropriate and respectful manner.    The committee was informed that the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has approved the project. The objective of the establishment of the recycling plant is to preserve the sanctity of the Shaheed Holy Quran.

The ink would be removed in a flotation process where air would be blown into the solution. The ink would rise to the surface in adherence to bubbles of air from where it is separated. After the ink is separated, the fibre may be bleached, usually with hydrogen peroxide, oxygen or chlorine dioxide. The committee approved the proposal of the ministry endorsing the approval of the Council of Islamic Ideology.

The proposal of construction of Hajj Complex, Lahore was also accepted by the committee. It was  informed that ministry has 57 Kanals of land situated in Harbanspura, Lahore,  meant for new building of Hajj Complex   to be utilized for lodging/boarding of pilgrims prior to proceed to Holy Land during the Hajj season.

The ministry was informed that existing Hajj complex is operational in a rental building causing financial burden on Public exchequer and does not provide up to the mark facility.  The ministry presented a total budgetary proposal of Rs 1199.792 million for the financial year 2022-23 for approval and recommendation from the Senate Panel on the acquisition of land /establishment of recycling plant for Shaheed Quran Papers in Islamabad and construction of Hajj Complex, Lahore.

The meeting was attended by Senator Gurdeep Singh, Senator Prof Sajid Mir, Senator Naseebullah Bazai and Senator Hafiz Abdul Karim. Senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony along with its attached departments were also in attendance.