Agency failure: Hajj of 10,000 intending pilgrims uncertain.

Hajj of 10,000 intending pilgrims uncertain for agency failure

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Uncertainty looms for about 10,000 pilgrims who won’t be able to perform Hajj this year because some agency owners yet to collect tickets from the concerned airlines. Besides, 15 Hajj agencies didn’t attend the meeting organised by the religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman.
“We have to keep in mind that if 10,000 tickets are not sold then we should assume that they won’t be able to perform Hajj this year. But, we hope 5-6,000 tickets will be sold within next two or three days,” Anisur Rahman told this correspondent.
The Saudi authority has clearly informed that they won’t allow any extra-slots for Biman under any circumstances, he added.
However, the religious affairs secretary said that visa is no problem as over 52,000 pilgrims have already obtained the visa.
According to Rahman, some Hajj agencies are yet to collect tickets due to procedural reasons.
“We are calling all of them who are yet to collect tickets or issued any necessary pay-order for flight tickets,” the secretary said in reply to a query.
Director of Hajj office Syful Islam also said that over 10,000 tickets are yet to sale but he hoped that more tickets will be sold within the next three days.
Assistant Secretary (Hajj) of the religious affairs ministry SM Moniruzzaman yesterday issued a letter asking 15 agency owners to attend today’s (Wednesday) meeting.
The agency owners who were absent the previous meeting are—Ababil Travels and Tours (registered pilgrims 256), Keya Enterprise Travel and Tours (registered pilgrims 198), Asif tour and Travels (registered pilgrims 157), Abtahi Air Travels (registered pilgrims 264), Ajmal Travel and Tours (registered pilgrims 164), Al Abrar Aviation (registered pilgrims 272), HM Air Travels (registered pilgrims 300), Jewell Aviation Services (registered pilgrims 179), Labib Hajj Overseas (registered pilgrims 238), Mokarram Tours and Travels (registered pilgrims 171), Arab Bangladesh Overseas (registered pilgrims 211), Messer’s NMS International (registered pilgrims 252), Al Amin International Travel agent (registered pilgrims 267) and Serap Aviation Services (registered pilgrims 299) and event they don’t issue any pay order against their pilgrims, the letter said.
Mohammad Amir Hossain, 53, who hailed from Rupganj under Narayanganj district died in Saudi Arabia on Monday. His passport number is BR 0947131 and pilgrim ID number-0671099.
He went to Saudi Arabia on July 15 through Saudi Arabian Airlines to perform Hajj this year. He was the pilgrim of Al Kutub Hajj Travels. – Staff Reporter

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