Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) today (Tuesday) gave a 7-day deadline to the concerned government authorities to devise new Hajj policy for efficient arrangements for this year’s pilgrimage.

Earlier today, Justice Qazi faez Isa asked while hearing a contempt of court petition that why the concerned authorities had failed to make new Hajj policy.

The Apex Court had ordered the federal government on 21st August 2013 to prepare new Hajj policy for more comfortable, better and cost-effective arrangements for the pilgrimage.

However, the court noted that the authorities had failed to come up with any such policy despite repetitive orders by the apex court.

Earlier in February this year, the Supreme Court had ordered the federal and provincial governments and all concerned authorities to take action against fake Hajj and Umrah tour operators.

The court had also noted that every year, before the Hajj season commenced, innocent pilgrims were looted by various agencies, including unauthorized tour operators.