After the tremendous efforts of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Saudi Arabia has finally agreed to increase the Hajj quota for Pakistan’s Hajj pilgrims for the year 2018. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has increased Pakistan’s Hajj 2018 quota by a substantial jump in the number of pilgrims who intend to do Hajj this year.
As per the media reports, Saudi Arabia’s authorities have raised Pakistan’s Hajj quota by 5,000, hence increasing the number of pilgrims from 179,210 to 184,210.
The rise in quota would be effective from Hajj that is be executed later this year. According to reports the additional quota allotted would be distributed among the private tour operators as per the Hajj policy.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has told about the latest development to Pakistan’s Religious Ministry.
Back in the year 2017, the Hajj quota was hiked to 179,210 from 143,368 after a deal with the officials from Pakistan.
The previous month, the Hajj balloting for the year 2018 was postponed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Hajj applications received under the government scheme for an undefined time period as per the stay order issued by the Sindh High Court (SHC).
Mufti Abdul Majid filed a petition against the new Hajj policy to the Sukkur bench of the High Court after which the stay order was issued. As per the petition it was against Shariyah to bar any person from performing Hajj more than once during a certain time frame.
The officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs have taken a decision to move the Supreme Court against the High Court’s verdicts, whereas the new date for the balloting would be announced consequently.
Under the government Hajj scheme 2018 this year a record-breaking number of Hajj applications were received that is 374,829. Under the Hajj policy 120,000 applications would be selected under the government scheme via balloting.
The highest number of applications were received from Karachi, followed by Lahore then Islamabad.