Religion Minister Faridul Haque Khan said that the Hajj registration period will be extended again if Saudi Arabia agrees. He told this to the journalists after the exchange meeting with Jamalpur District Awami League leaders on Tuesday morning.
At that time, the Minister of Religion said, ‘Last January 18, the deadline for Hajj registration has ended. A discussion has been held with HABER (Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh) regarding this matter. We have given them an ultimatum, we don’t want to extend the deadline any more. Still contacting the Saudi government. If they give an opportunity, I will take action, otherwise it is over.’
At this time, Faridul Haque blamed the owners of the agency for not fulfilling the Haj quota. The minister said, ‘Every year, those who own the Hajj agency take this policy to get house rent at a low rate at the end of the year. We have decided to stop it.’
The deadline for Hajj registration was extended till January 18 as the quota was not filled till January 16. Even then, the Hajj quota was not fulfilled. About 74,000 devotees still could not register due to various reasons including server complications.