ISLAMABAD .: Federal Minister for Spiritual Affairs and Interfaith Concord Dr Noorul Haq Qadri performed the balloting course of for the number of pilgrims for Hajj and introduced that 107,526 candidates had been chosen for the spiritual obligation beneath the federal government scheme this 12 months.
Addressing a news convention, the minister stated that the profitable candidates shall be knowledgeable of the choice by SMS whereas they will additionally verify the poll outcomes on the ministry’s web site www.hajjinfo.org by getting into both their CNIC quantity or the Hajj software quantity.
A complete of 184, 210 candidates will go for Hajj this 12 months of which 107,526 will carry out the spiritual pilgrimage beneath the federal government scheme and 71,684 beneath the non-public tour operators.
From the whole quota of 107,526 pilgrims within the authorities Hajj scheme, a complete of two,238 areas have been allotted to the aspiring pilgrims who’re 80-years or older, 12,251 to those that have been unsuccessful within the Hajj poll for 3 consecutive years prior to now, 1,613 have been reserved for the hardship quota and 500 for the labour quota.
The remaining 90,924 have been chosen by the overall poll.
For this 12 months, the biggest variety of purposes for the federal government scheme got here from Punjab with 100,806 purposes. A complete of 49,343 purposes have been obtained from Sindh, 40,752 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,258 from Balochistan, 6,412 from Islamabad Capital Territory, 2,316 from Azad Kashmir, four,314 from erstwhile Fata, and a couple of,422 from Gilgit-Baltistan.
Dr Qadri stated that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had accepted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request to incorporate Pakistani pilgrims within the Kingdom’s “Highway to Makkah” undertaking beneath which they are going to be supplied Customs Clearance and Immigration facility at Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar airports.
The minister additionally acknowledged that the Saudi overseas minister had promised a further quota of 16,000 pilgrims for Pakistan. He declared the federal government would additionally give new quota of 5,000 to non-public Hajj operators.
The federal cupboard had introduced the coverage on January 31, in response to which the price of performing the ritual beneath the federal government scheme has been fastened at Rs456,426 (with sacrifice), in opposition to final 12 months’s expense of Rs280,000 per particular person.
Underneath the federal government scheme, Hajj dues excluding sacrifice shall be Rs436,975 for the northern area of the nation together with Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan and Rahim Yar Khan, whereas the fee for the south area together with Karachi, Quetta and Sukkur shall be Rs426,975.