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President: Do not cheat Hajj pilgrims

  • Published at 07:50 pm July 2nd, 2019
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File photo of President Md Abdul Hamid Focus Bangla

He said this while delivering a speech, while inaugurating the Hajj program-2019, at the Hajj Camp in Dhaka's Ashkona area, in the afternoon on Tuesday

President Abdul Hamid warned against negligence, irregularities, and corruption in Hajj management saying that individuals, agencies, and institutions involved in such practices will be punished.

He said this while delivering a speech, while inaugurating the Hajj program-2019, at the Hajj Camp in Dhaka's Ashkona area, in the afternoon on Tuesday.

"You [agencies] make profit from Hajj pilgrims. Do not cheat them. It is a sensitive issue," the president said.

He warned that anyone found guilty of mismanagement will be punished accordingly.

Hamid also urged concerned ministries to ensure punishment for government employees for negligence, irregularities, and corruption in Hajj management.

"More than 95% Hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia with Hajj agencies. From earlier experiences, it has been seen that many agencies do not keep their end of the bargain after they [the pilgrims] reach Mecca-Madina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face trouble," the president said.

He said that when Hajj pilgrims face problems, and hence, observe various programs including hunger strikes.

"Such activities hurt the country's image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims is not desirable," Abdul Hamid said.

The head of the state also requested HAAB (Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh) representatives to ensure proper management, so that Hajj pilgrims do not face any harassment in Mecca-Madina.

"You [the pilgrims] will meet brothers, and sisters from different countries of the world. This brotherhood plays an important role in creating harmony among each other. As goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh, you will represent Bangladesh. You should be cautious about your language, and behaviour so that others do not get any negative message," he said.

The president also met the pilgrims at the program.

This year's Hajj flights will start from July 4, and continue till August 5.

A total of 127,198 pilgrims will perform Hajj this year. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will transport half of them.

From now on, Bangladeshi pilgrims can complete the immigration procedure from Dhaka airport before heading out to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, pilgrims were required to wait in the aircraft after landing in Saudi Arabia to complete the procedure - sometimes for up to six hours.