Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday directed Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi to take back the Rs 100 million compensation notice that Kazmi had sent to Federal Minister of Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati over corruption allegations pertaining to the Haj arrangements.

PM telephoned both the ministers and directed them to stop issuing statements and remarking against each other in the media. He directed Hamid Saeed Kazmi, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, to meet him as soon he arrives in Pakistan and submit a comprehensive report pertaining to the issue.

He said the pilgrims’ sufferings during Haj brought bad name to the country. He further said that the government was investigating the allegations.

Earlier, Kazmi had sent a compensation notice of Rs 100 million to Swati, over corruption allegations by the latter on Kazmi regarding embezzlement during Haj operations. The notice described that Swati’s allegations had harmed Kazmi’s reputation.

Kazmi, in the notice, called upon Swati to either provide evidence against him or compensate.

According to a private news channel, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Umar Khan Ali Sherzai has called for judicial inquiry into mismanagement and poor arrangement for Haj pilgrims this year.

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