ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, while discussing Hajj Policy and the issues arising with private Hajj operators, on Tuesday sought details of penalties and blacklisting of companies that failed to deliver.

The committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of its Chairman Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

The committee was briefed in detail about the working and performance of the ministry. The committee stressed the need for a comprehensive Hajj Policy for the coming year ensuring the comfort of the Hujjaj.  

The committee was informed that the Road to Makkah Project that was initially started from Islamabad would be extended to provincial capitals as well.

Regarding visiting pilgrimage sites in Iran, the committee was informed about the plans to introduce cruise services to Bandar Abbas and Najaf.  

Minority members of the committee stressed the need for formulating a policy for Pakistan’s minorities to enable them to visit their places of pilgrimage with ease.