The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan, hence additional 15,790 Pakistanis would be able to travel for the holy pilgrimage this year, as per the reports of local media on Monday.
As per the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, the balloting of the additional quota would be done after the approval from the federal cabinet.
The additional quota provided has been divided between the government and the private Hajj operators. Under the government scheme, 9,474 extra people would perform Hajj while under the private Hajj scheme 6,316 additional people would be performing Hajj.
Saudi Arabia has increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan from 184,210 to 200,000 in the month of February this year.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and the Prime Minister Imran Khan had requested the Saudi Crown Prince—Mohammad bin Salman for increasing the Hajj quota during his 2-day official visit to the federal capital.
The Saudi authorities also permitted the Pakistani pilgrims to complete their immigration in Pakistan and not in the Kingdom after making Pakistan a part of their “Road to Makkah” project.
The service would be providing pre-clearance of immigration for the pilgrims at their respective airports from where they would be embarking the journey.