AP presses for additional Haj quota on par with J

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Hyderabad, Oct 25 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh State Haj Committee today urged the Centre to enhance the Haj quota to accommodate an additional 1,500 pilgrims on a par with the additional quota sanctioned for Jammu and Kashmir.

APSHC Chairman Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed told a press conference here that the quota for Jammu and Kashmir, a much smaller state, had been enhanced to accommodate an additional 1,500 pilgrims. The Centre should be magnanimous to the much bigger state of Andhra Pradesh, he added.

As many as 6,820 Haj pilgrims were selected through computerised draw of lots for this Haj season, beginning in the last week of November. As many as 16 jumbo flights with capacity to accommodate 450 passengers would be operated from the Hyderabad embankment point.

Earlier, the APSHC, headed by Minorities Welfare Minister Mohd Ali Shabeer, discussed the arrangements for the Haj Pilgrimage with 20 departments, including the police.

Tight security would be provided to the pilgrims in the wake of the recent terrorist strikes in the city, Mr Ahmed added.

UNI

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