ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs will hold a draw for the selection of pilgrims for the Hajj 2017 under the government scheme.
According to ARY News, 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 through private hajj scheme.
Pakistan Hajj 2017 Arrangements
He said keeping in view number of the pilgrims, 540 personnel of hajj medical mission, 450 personnel of assistants pilgrims, 270 personnel of seasonal staff of the ministry and welfare staff comprised of Pakistani local assistants will be deployed as per requirement.
He said for further information websites of the ministry such as www.hajjinfo.org and www.mora.gov.pk can be accessed and hajj inquiry number 051-9205696 can also be contacted.
This year 107,526 Pakistanis will perform hajj officially, whereas, 71,684 people will undertake pilgrimage through private tour groups. The government and the private Hajj operators will facilitate 60/40 percent ratio of Pakistani pilgrims.
Hajj Application Eligibility Criteria
He said that every person will be able to perform hajj once within every seven years, adding that private applicants will be eligible for the holy journey after five years.
Muhammad Yousaf laid out that no person would be sent on the pilgrimage free-of-cost.
He also said that the people who had performed Hajj in the last seven years are not eligible to apply for the reserved government quota.