A total 179,210 pilgrims from Pakistan will perform Hajj this year.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - The designated branches of banks have started receiving Hajj applications across the country from today (Monday).

According to spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Imran Siddiqi, Hajj applications will be received from intending pilgrims till 24th of this month at thirteen designated bank branches across Pakistan, including Azad Kashmir.

He said that balloting for successful applicants will be held on 26th of this month. He said that Hajj dues had not been increased this year in order to further facilitate the intending pilgrims.

He continued Rs 280,000 would be paid by the intending pilgrims of North region, while Rs 270,000 would be received from the intending pilgrims going to perform Hajj from South Region.

The spokesman informed that a total of 179,210 Pakistanis would perform the sacred religious obligation this year, 67 percent will perform Hajj under government scheme and 33 percent under private scheme.