The government of Saudi Arabia gave three crore rupees to the ministry of religious affairs in compensation for the troubles Pakistani pilgrims faced during last year�s Haj, according to DawnNews. The sum, amounting to more than three crore rupees, was to be paid by the parliamentarians and journalists who had performed Haj free of cost. The Saudi government compensated the amount and gave it to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the ministry of religious affairs. Reliable sources told DawnNews that the Saudi government deposited the amount on the request of Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Investigations have also been undertaken in Pakistan to expose the culprits of the Haj scandal. In this regard, former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and a number of officials have been arrested and interrogated. Earlier, Malik Riaz Hussain, owner of Bahria town, and former deputy speaker National Assembly Haji Nawaz Khokar deposited 33 lacs and 22 lacs in the government exchequer respectively.
By: Dawn News