Pakistani Hajj Quota Increased to 200,000 Pilgrims This Year

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Pakistani Hajj Quota has officially increased for the pilgrims to 200,000 from 184,210 after the second balloting being done under the government scheme. Pakistani Hajj Pilgrims are provided with an additional quota of 15,790 as a gift from Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman on request of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistani Hajj pilgrims have become part of the project named “Road to Makkah” also.

Pakistani Hajj Quota

In this regard, Dr. Noorul Haq Qadri, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony recently undergo balloting which results in an increase in the Pakistani Hajj Quota. As a result of second balloting, around 9474 more of the pilgrims were selected through transparent and computerized balloting.

The ministry spokesman said that this additional 40% was allocated to the private Hajj pilgrims and rest of 60% will be allocated in accordance with the scheme of government.

The applicants get selected will be informed through SMS. Whereas, the applicants who have previously withdrawn their dues will be provided with enough time to resubmit them.

Moreover, pilgrims which were not selected last time will be eligible for the balloting. And those who had withdrawn their money from the bank may get another chance to be selected and perform Hajj.

Road To Makkah Project

Moreover, Pakistan is also added in the project named “Road to Makkah”, where pilgrims will get their immigration clearance at Pakistani airports. All the procedure will be done under this project before pilgrims will leave for the Hajj.

Upon request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani pilgrims will be provided with an e-visa facility from Riyadh. In this project, all the pilgrims will get their visas at doorsteps.

It was all decided by Civil Aviation Authority at the start of 2019 that they will soon implement the Project “Road to Makkah” which is also called Hajj immigration plan 2019. This project states that pilgrims will undergo immigration at the Karachi Airport instead of Saudi Arabia.

Civil Aviation Authority has also revealed that in the first phase Islamabad Airport will be used for this purpose and later on in the second phase, Karachi Airport will be used. Around 150 employees and officers have been appointed on this project to facilitate the pilgrims in time.

According to the sources, a grant of Rs. 5 million will be disbursed for the trolley services and some other expenses.


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