According to the government officials, the submission process of the Hajj applications to the designated branches of the banks is scheduled to start from February 24.
The details said that this year a total of 179,210 pilgrims would perform Hajj. Out of the total number, 60 per cent will perform Hajj under the scheme announced by the government of Pakistan and 40 per cent under the private scheme.
It is pertinent to mention here that the government scheme Hajj package has already been reduced to Rs480,000 and Rs470,000 for northern and southern regions respectively.
While filing the application form, the applicants of over 70-year age should clearly mark at the quota column given for ensuring the automatic selection.
On the other hand, the applicants, who had already applied in the last three years 2017, 2018 and 2019, should also write application numbers of their last three Hajj applications for ensuring automatic selection.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier on February 11, Imran Khan—the Prime Minister of Pakistan had rejected an increase of Rs105 thousand on annual Hajj package announced by the Minister for Religious Affairs.
Earlier, a Senate panel was informed by the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri that the Hajj scheme package of the government has been further reduced by Rs10,000 for each pilgrim this year.