The high cost of the Hajj this year has seemingly affected on the count of Hajj pilgrims this year. The Hajj applications have dropped significantly this year as many Pakistanis have not got the capacity to fulfil the religious obligation.
The count of applications for the Hajj 2019 has decreased by 42percent in comparison to 2018 and the high expenses might have been one of the reasons for the same, as per the media officials.
This year the number of pilgrims that have applied for Hajj have paid more than Rs150,000 than the amount paid by the Hajj pilgrims in the year 2018.
9th March was the last day for the submission of Hajj applications and as per the official figures, 216,623 Pakistanis submitted their applications for the Hajj 2019, which is 42percent less than the number of applicants in the year 2018. Nearly 374,000 had applied for Hajj 2018.
According to the Hajj policy 2019, as many as 184,210 would be performing Hajj this year which include 40percent of the total via Private Hajj Scheme and 60percent via the Government scheme. The additional quota of 5,000 would be distributed among the newly enrolled Hajj Group Organisers.
On the requests of banks, the balloting of the Hajj under government scheme was delayed by a day and would be conducted tomorrow that is on the 12th of March for selecting the successful candidates.
Saudi Arabia has permitted the government of Pakistan to give e-visa facility to the pilgrims via which the pilgrims from Lahore, Karachi would be able to get the online visa. Pakistan has been included in the road to Makkah project for completing the immigration procedure at Karachi and Lahore airports.
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