| GEO Pakistan|
| Ban likely on too old, young pilgrims: Kazmi|
| Updated at: 1721 PST, Wednesday, July 29, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi said that five hundred and eighty nine Haj operators have been allowed to make arrangements for 79647 Haj pilgrims under private Haj Scheme.
Talking to news men here Wednesday, he said that over all 619 operators had applied for Haj pilgrimage license but the quota has been allocated under the guidelines drawn by the Supreme Court.
To a question, he said there are chances that the Saudi Government may impose ban on performing Haj for the persons above the age of sixty five years and under twelve years. However, he said the Saudi Government has not yet intimated its decision in this regard.
He said if the ban is imposed about twenty one thousand old and under age pilgrims will be affected.
The Minister said that as a number of intending applicants for Haj had not submitted their applications for regular passport, the date for submission of Haj applications was extended twice, and now the Haj ballotting will be held on the sixth of August.
Answering a question, Hamid Saeed Kazmi said a special committee formed by the Prime Minister to restore Haj Quota for parliamentarians will meet on Monday.