Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Umar Khan Ali Sherzai has called for judicial inquiry into mismanagement and poor arrangement for Hajj pilgrims this year.

Talking to Geo News on Monday, Umer Khan expressed displeasure over the problems faces by the Hujaj.

The minister tried his level best to keep me away from each and every arrangement, he said and added that Pakistan’s embassy in Saudi Arabia was not engaged in Hajj operation. The envoy held the minister for religious affairs responsible for the poor arrangements made for Pakistan’s Hajj pilgrims.

Umer Sherazi added that he could not comment on commission of Rs25,000 per Haji but there should be judicial investigation into this, adding that tour operators should also be included in the probe.

Sherzai called for setting up a high-level judicial commission, comprising Supreme Court judges, so that those responsible for difficulties faced by the Hujaj could be taken to the task.

He said supplementary tents, water tankers and makeshift bathrooms were made available to the Pakistan Hujaj due to his timely intervention. “But thousands of Hujaj could not get these facilities.”

He appreciated the government’s decision to include the Foreign Ministry in Hajj arrangements. “The role of Pakistan’s ambassador is also crucial, as he remains updated regarding the situation in Saudi Arabia,” he said. He said his tenure had already ended and his successor would hopefully be in a better position to serve next year.

The News