As per the earlier made announcement, government of Pakistan would start accepting Hajj applications form tomorrow that is Monday. The applications could be submitted until the 6th of March in 14 assigned banks throughout the nation.
Nearly 184,210 Pakistani pilgrims would be performing Hajj this year as per the Hajj policy released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
Earlier, after the visit of the Saudi Crown Price—Mohammad bin Salman, the foreign minister of Pakistan—Shah Mehmood Qureshi had confirmed that the Kingdom has increased the Hajj quota for the Pakistani pilgrims this year to 200,000. He further informed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accepted and agreed upon the proposition of Pakistan to provide e-visa service to its pilgrims.
The minister while speaking on the television said that the decision was taken by Saudi Arabia during his telephonic conversation with his Saudi counterpart—Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.
He continued that both the government and the people of Pakistan are pleased and grateful to the Saudi government for this commendable decision.
This year the Hajj scheme would be divided with a ratio of 60:40 between the government and Private Hajj Group Organisers.
It is pertinent to mention that this year the Hajj expenses have increased by more than double which has created the feelings of displeasure and sadness among people, as many people would note be able to afford these abnorammly hiked expenses.