The federal government has announced the names of more than 107,000 successful Hajj applicants for 2019.
Noorul Haq Qadri—the Minister for Religious Affairs inaugurated the computerised balloting for Hajj, which would be completed tonight. The successful candidates would be informed via SMS.
The applicants, who remained unsuccessful for the past 3 years, were declared successful this time without balloting.
While speaking to the reporters, the minister said that the government has received 2,000 applications of the applicants who are aged between 80 to 90 years. He said that two assistants each would be sent with the elderly woman pilgrims.
He said that a total of 216,623 applications were submitted, out of which 123,700 were of male applicants and 92,923 by the female applicants.
Qadri said that the highest number of applications were received from the province of Punjab which is 108,006.
From the Sindh province 49,343 applications were received, 40,752 were received from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 10,258 were submitted by the people of Baluchistan.
From Azad Kashmir 2,316 applications were received, 4,314 were received from the tribal districts and 2,422 were submitted by the people of Gilgit Baltistan.
This year 184,210 Pakistanis would be performing Hajj out of which 107,526 would perform the annual pilgrimage under the government scheme and 71,682 would be performing under the private scheme.
As per the Hajj policy 2019, the intending pilgrims had to pay Rs436,975 and Rs19,451 as optional charges for the sacrificial animals.