Pakistan

Government announces Hajj policy 2016

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced the Hajj policy for 2016 and notified that applications in this regard will be accepted from 18-26th April, ARY News reported.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yusuf said that approximately 143,300 pilgrims will offer the sacred obligation from Pakistan this year. No one will be allowed to offer Hajj on official expenses.

The minister said that applications will be accepted from 18-26th April and a lucky draw will be held on 29th April to select the aspirant pilgrims.

He said that sixty percent will offer Hajj on government quota whereas the rest will be offered by private individuals.

While addressing a press conference, he also all aspirants must attach a medical certificate and their passport must be valid till 10th March, 2017.

He said that those who have offered Hajj in the last five year will not be accepted. However, mehram (male) relatives accompanying will be exempted from this rule.

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