Dejected Paktika residents seek greater Hajj quota
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Residents on Tuesday demanded a greater quota for Hajj pilgrims from southeastern Paktika province.
The demand came during the Hajj draw for the current year at the department concerned in Sharan, the provincial capital.
A resident of Janikhel district told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of Hajj pilgrims from Paktika was far less than those from other provinces.
Every year, he lamented, many intending pilgrims were depriving of performing the ritual. He applied for pilgrimage years ago, but is yet to perform it.
Abdul Ghani, hailing from Sharan, deposited the required fee for himself and his spouse three years back. However, he is yet to perform Hajj so far.
“In several instances, husbands are selected while their wives are left out. As a result, both are denied the opportunity to travel to the holy land,” he argued.
Allah Dad, a nomadic Kochi, also complained his community was not granted its due rights. Five or six Kochis were sent to Hajj annually, but that did not suffice, he remarked.
Director of Hajj and Religious Affairs Maulvi Zabtullah Kharotai acknowledge the Paktika Hajj quota was insufficient.
But the issue had been shared with the Ministry of Hajj, he added, hoping the problem would be resolved.
More than 1,800 residents of Paktika have applied for Hajj this year, but only 334 will be able to perform the ritual.
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