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2017-08-02 16:56:19

Hajj management: Why it is mandatory to end Saudi control over Hajj?

 

It has been nearly two months since the Saudia and its allies snapped diplomatic ties with Doha for its alleged support of “terrorism and extremism”.

 

There seems to be no let-up in the war of words as on Sunday, the Saudi foreign minister was quoted as saying that Qatar’s criticism of Riyadh’s Haj policies was tantamount to “a declaration of war”.

 

The Saudis accuse Qatar of calling for internationalising the annual pilgrimage; Doha denies this, saying its criticism was directed at Riyadh’s ‘politicisation’ of Haj.

 

 Apparently, the Saudis have made it more difficult for Qatari pilgrims to fly in, in addition to the blockade of Doha by the quartet that is already in place. 

 

While these states have used nebulous terms such as “terrorism and extremism” with reference to Qatar, it is quite clear that were Doha to accept the demands, it would seriously compromise its sovereignty.

 

Instead of tough-talking sound bites, it would be better for the four states to communicate their concerns to Qatar through diplomatic channels. Also, Haj should remain above politics, sect and nationalism.

 

It is a religious obligation that should not be used as a card by either side for political point-scoring. Whatever political differences states might have, no nationality or school of thought should find its access blocked where the annual pilgrimage is concerned.

 

Dawn

pk.shafaqna.com

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