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Steps in 2 days to send stranded pilgrims: HC

Published : Sunday, 13 August, 2017 at 5:53 PM Count : 170

The High Court has given the government 48 hours to take necessary steps for sending stranded Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Sunday after hearing a petition by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh or HRPB.

Its counsel Manzill Murshid said the court instructed the foreign ministry to open talks with Saudi authorities to resolve the visa issue.

It also issued a rule asking why it would not order the government to form an inquiry panel to take actions against those responsible behind the Hajj chaos.

Secretaries to the religious affairs ministry, the civil aviation ministry and the foreign ministry and secretary general of the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh have been ordered to come up with explanations in four weeks.

As many as 127,198 Bangladeshi pilgrims are expected to perform the Hajj this year.

But until Saturday, 58,361 pilgrims reached Saudi Arabia.

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