PM approves Rs 16,100 for each affected pilgrim
ISLAMABAD: In pursuance of the directives of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has approved the payment of 700 Saudi Riyals (Rs 16,100) each for the non-provision of accommodation and services to 26,660 affected pilgrims of Makatib Nos 49, 51, 52, 53 and 54 in compliance with the decision of the Supreme Court. A six-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heared a suo motu case against the alleged corruption in Hajj arrangements.
The court had ordered Ministry of Religious Affairs Secretary Shaukat Hayat Durrani to pay back within a week 700 Saudi riyals each to 26,000 pilgrims who were charged for better accommodation facilities during Hajj, but those facilities were denied to them. The court warned that if repayment was not ensured to the affected pilgrims, all the accounts of the Religious Affairs Ministry would be frozen.
Source: Daily Times