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SMS service launched to prevent Hajj scheme fraud

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has launched a short message service (SMS) service, 8331, to help save private hajj scheme pilgrims from any fraud or swindling.

According reports, an intending pilgrim desiring to perform the sacred religious ceremony through Hajj Group Organizer (HGO) should send his HGO’s enrollment number from his mobile phone to 8331. He will instantly receive a message.

The pilgrims will receive the details about the enrollment status of the HGO, name of its chief executive, its allotted quota and address of the office.


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The SMS service would help preventing pilgrims from any fraud or swindling besides saving them from factious companies.

Furthermore quota status of HGO should be confirmed from ministry’s relevant department by contacting the Ministry on phone no 051-9207519 051-9205212.

The reports cited the ministry as saying it wont not be responsible for any fraud with the intending pilgrim who inked agreement with any HOG or travel agent without checking its enrollment status of allotted Hajj quota.

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