Hajj: (10 scheduled banks start receiving Hajj applications)

ISLAMABAD: The designated branches of 10 scheduled banks have started receiving Hajj applications under the government scheme. The process of receiving applications will continue till May 8. Balloting of the applicants will be held on May 14.

A total of 143,368 Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year. Half of whom will proceed to Hajj under the government scheme and the remaining through Private Scheme.

Under the new Hajj policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the last five years will not be eligible to perform pilgrimage this year except for those people who will be going as ‘Mehram’ or the ones performing ‘Hajj-e-Badal’.

The intending Hajj applicants must possess a machine readable passport having validity up to March 21, 2016. The Hajj package would be 255,971 rupees from Karachi, Quetta and Sukkur (South region) and 264,971 rupees from Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Faisalabad and Sialkot (North region).

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