ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will hold a draw on Friday for selection of pilgrims for the Hajj, 2017, under the government scheme.
According to official sources, so far the ministry has received 335,353 applications under the government scheme.
The successful applicants would be informed through letters and text messages, whereas the results of successful candidates would also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org.
The ministry received Hajj applications from 17th to 26th of April. A total of 107,526 intending pilgrims will be selected under government Hajj scheme while 71,684 will be selected though private hajj scheme.
Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims was allocated to Pakistan in 2011 by the Ministry of Hajj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) with the ratio of one thousand pilgrims per one million Muslim inhabitants, in accordance with the decision taken in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Conference in the year 1987.
This quota was, however, reduced by twenty percent (20%) in Hajj 2013 due to expansion work of Haram Sharif. However, as per agreement concluded between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 19.01.2017 at Jeddah, the 20% reduced Hajj quota for Pakistan has been restored at 179,210 pilgrims for Hajj-2017.