Pakistan to announce new Hajj policy in March



ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan’s federal government has decided to announce new policy for Hajj, the Muslims’ yearly religious event offered in Mecca of Saudi Arabia, in the starting of March.

The Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affair will made an official announcement in early days of March after getting approval from federal cabinet.

Related departments, who are assigned for making nation-wide arrangements the largest religious event, will start the registration process in the second week of next month, Radio Pakistan reported.

The country’s ministry of religious affairs spokesperson told the local media during a press meeting today in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan.

According to the spokesperson, Hajj application forms will be available at all the designated banks free of cost.

The banks would also receive applications in groups; up-to twenty five Hajj pilgrims through their group leaders while the intending pilgrims will be declared successful on first come and first served basis.

Hajj Quota for foreign pilgrims:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had earlier excused via an announcement for restoring the Hajj quota for foreign and domestic pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj in current year 2014 due to the ongoing expansion work.

Saudi Arabian authorities made an early announcement this year signalling same imposition of 20-percent cut in foreign pilgrims and a 50-percent reduction in domestic pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj season.