The authorities said that 107526 pilgrims will perform Hajj this year.

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has started receiving Hajj applications under the Government Scheme from today (Monday).

According to details, applicants can submit their forms in banks till April 26 whereas the draw will be held on 28th of this month.

Applications are being submitted in the branches of Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks Limited, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Bank of Punjab, Bank Alfalah, Meezan Bank, and Habib Metro Bank from 9am.

The authorities said that 107526 pilgrims will perform Hajj this year.

Successful applicants will be informed through letters and SMS. Results of the balloting for successful candidates will also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org

Earlier, minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf had announced approval of the Hajj Policy 2017 by the federal cabinet.

He said that the cabinet has restored the previous quota of Hajj whereas 179,210 pilgrims is expected to be divided in a 60/40 ratio between the government and private Hajj operators.

Muhammad Yousaf laid out that no person would be sent on the pilgrimage free-of-cost. He also said applicants who have performed Hajj during the last seven years will not be eligible to apply this year under the government scheme.

Likewise, for private Hajj schemes, the limit is restricted to the last five years.