On Monday, the Hajj quota of Pakistan officially surged to 200,000 as the government conducted the second round of Hajj balloting on the additional quota for the intending pilgrims.
The quota has been raised from 184,210 to 200,000 on the request of the PM Imran Khan to Saudi Crown Prince—Mohammad bin Salman during his visit in February.
The Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony—Dr Noorul Haq Qadri conducted the balloting for the additional quota in the capital city.
As per a ministry spokesperson, 40percent of the extra quota would be allocated to the private Hajj operators.
Intending pilgrims who remained unsuccessful in the initial round of Hajj balloting were eligible to take part in the second balloting even those who withdrew their money from the banks were given another chance of being selected.
The spokesperson said that the successful applicants would be informed via SMS and people who withdrew their deposits from the bank would be given time to re-deposit the sum.
Saudi Arabia has also included Pakistan in its Road to Makkah project, which would be permitting the pilgrims to go through immigration clearance at the airports of Pakistan before they depart for Hajj.