The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony announced to conduct balloting on the additional Hajj quota on the 20th of May, as per media reports.
The ministry would be facilitating 9,474 additional Hajj pilgrims via the balloting that is to be held at 3 pm after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has revised the quota for Pakistani pilgrims.
The government of Saudi Arabia had surged the Hajj quota for Pakistani pilgrims to 200,000 from the earlier 184,210.
The Religious Affairs Ministry has taken the decision of dividing the additional quota of nearly 16,000 pilgrims as per the current formula under which 60percent of the seats would go to the government Hajj scheme, while 40percent are given to the private Hajj Group Organisers.
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The balloting on Monday would include only those pilgrims who had applied for the Hajj under the government scheme for 2019 however have remained unsuccessful.
The applicants who have not taken their submitted dues back from the banks would automatically be made a part of the additional quota Hajj balloting, while the ones who have withdrawn would be provided 4 days to re-submit the dues.
Pakistan has also been included in the Road to Makkah project, which would be permitting the pilgrims to undergo immigration clearance at the Pakistani airports before they leave for Hajj.
Saudi Arabia on the request of PM Imran Khan has also taken the decision to provide e-visa facility to the Pakistani pilgrims. Under the facility, the aspiring pilgrims would be given visas at their doorsteps.
Dr Noorul Haq Qadri—the Minister for Religious Affairs made the announcement on Friday that the immigration facility was being given to Lahore and Islamabad, after Karachi.
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