ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – A total of 184,210 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj this year.
This was announced by Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri after performing balloting under government hajj scheme in Islamabad.
The minister said 112,526 people will perform Hajj under the government scheme while 71,684 people will go for Hajj under private Hajj scheme.
He said the intending pilgrims who have been applying for Hajj for the last three years will be allowed to perform Hajj without balloting. Similarly, the pilgrims above eighty years of age will also be allowed for Hajj without balloting.
Qadri went on to say that a revolutionary step this year is that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has announced to include Pakistani Hujjaj in the Road to Makkah programme, under which the pilgrims will be provided Customs Clearance and Immigration facility at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar airports.
He said a high level Saudi delegation will visit Pakistan next month to work out modalities of the scheme.