LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to allocate haj quota to those 19 Haj Group Organisers who offered bid up to Rs250,000.

LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial was hearing haj quota case wherein number of HGOs had requested the court to direct the ministry to allocate quota, especially to those who had offered lowest bids.

As proceedings started, the ministry’s official appeared before the court and suggested that the court should set a maximum limit of haj expenses. Upon which, the CJ observed that fixing expense limit was not the job of the court.

The Chief Justice adjourned further haring till July 26 with directions to the ministry to complete process for allocation of quota to the 19 eligible organisers including issuance of offer letters and recognition letters.

Number of HGOs had challenged the way the Ministry of Religious Affairs had adopted to allocate quota on the basis of liking and disliking. They said no merit was being considered in this regard. They prayed the court to bind the ministry to allocate them quota.