ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court began hearing petitions of the Hajj corruption case on Thursday. In today’s proceeding, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Azam Khan Swati delivered a statement against the government and said that he had warned the prime minister about the ongoing Hajj corruption in a cabinet meeting.
Swati further added that the corruption was upon the orders of the Federal Minister of Religious Affairs, Hamid Saeed Kazmi.
Swati said that he would put forward a detailed statement with proof at the next hearing on Monday.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice asked former Director General Hajj, Rao Shakeel to justify the serious allegations against him in the scandal.
The CJ also told Shakeel that morally he should not have accepted the position of DG Hajj.
Rao Shakeel said in his defence that all the pilgrim’s residences were attained on merit. He also said that he dismissed an officer Ahmed Faiz upon corruption charges.
On this remark, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday said it seems that everyone except the pilgrims were guilty in this matter.
“Was the government blind not to see the mismanagement of the Hajj event?” Ramday asked
Justice Javed Iqbal added that he hadn’t seen corruption like this in his 28 years of professional life.