A total of 149,330 Hajj applications have been received this year under the government Hajj scheme from the intending pilgrims by designated banks throughout the nation, as per the reports of local media.
A spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony said that today was the last day for the Hajj applications submission under the government scheme.
He also said that a lucky draw for the selection of the pilgrims would be conducted on March 12. Via the draw, the selection of the pilgrims who would be taking the holy journey to Saudi Arabia under the government Hajj scheme would be done.
Previously on the 26th of February, a sub-committee of the Standing Committee of Senate on Religious Affairs had suggested to the Pakistan International Airlines to reduce the fares charges from the Hajj pilgrims for the year 2020.
Senator Hafiz Abdul Karim, who led the meeting said that their objective was to reduce the amount charged for the Hajj 2020 to an extreme extent for facilitating the pilgrims.
He also asked the PIA officials the reason behind the selling of Hajj tickets for Rs.140,000 when Rs.60,000 is charged for the Umrah ticket.