Hajj Applicants Asked Not to Pull Deposits to be Included in the Second Round of Balloting

The unsuccessful candidates who were not chosen in the first round of balloting that happened on the 1st of March 2018, Thursday, for the government Hajj quota should not withdraw their deposited amounts from banks as the next round of balloting would soon be conducted once the Islamabad High Court (IHC) gives decision in favour of the seventeen percent increase in the Hajj quota for government.

This announcement was made on Friday following the balloting by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

The Ministry official informed that the applicants for the Hajj 2018 should dismiss the misconception that the balloting process for the government Hajj quota has ended.

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He clarified that the applicants should understand that only half of the Hajj balloting (fifty percent) has been carried out by the Ministry of the total government Hajj quota applications on Thursday. The balloting of the remaining applications would be conducted once the Islamabad High Court gives its final decision.

It was also announced by the Ministry that only those applicants would be considered for the second round of balloting who have not withdrawn their deposited money from the banks. The Ministry said in a statement that the Hajj applicants who have withdrawn their applications cannot take part in the balloting.

On Thursday, computerized balloting was carried out by the Ministry of Religious Affairs in which at least eighty-seven thousand eight hundred and thirteen (87,813) aspiring Hajj applicants were selected under the government’s Hajj scheme.

The decision to carry out Hajj balloting came after the Federal Cabinet on 28th February that is Wednesday gave permission to the Ministry to conduct half of the Hajj balloting (50%) of the total Hajj government quota applications and to give the Saudi Arab authorities the needed details of the intending pilgrims from Pakistan for Hajj this year.

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