Pakistan’s Hajj quota has been increased from 1,84,210 to 200,000 pilgrims this year.
Pakistan has been given an additional quota of 15,790 pilgrims as gift from Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A second balloting for additional quota under government scheme was held in Islamabad on Monday.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri performed the balloting.
Under the second balloting, 9,474 more pilgrims were selected under government Hajj Scheme through a transparent and computerized balloting.
Successful applicants will be informed through SMS and those who have withdrawn their Hajj dues will be given time to redeposit the same.
Under the bifurcation policy, 40 percent of additional quota was allocated to private Hajj operators, while rest of the quota distributed under government scheme.
Intending pilgrims who remained unsuccessful in the first phase were eligible for balloting and those who had withdrawn their money from banks also got another chance of being selected.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri said his ministry is fully focused on providing best accommodation and transportation facilities to intending pilgrims.
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