ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Friday cancelled Hajj balloting after consulting with legal experts. New balloting dates would be announced after the decision of the Supreme Court. According to a spokesman, the ministry has decided to challenge Sindh High Court’s order of stopping Hajj balloting. It merits mentioning here that the Sindh High Court (Sukkur bench) had directed the ministry to stop conducting Hajj balloting until January 31. While Lahore High Court had also ordered the ministry to stop conducting balloting of 17 percent quota of the Government Hajj Scheme. The petitioner had submitted that under Hajj Policy 2018 private Hajj Group Organisers (HGs) had not been given fair share as 67 percent of the total Hajj quota had been reserved for government Hajj scheme. Published in Daily Times, January 27th 2018.