Over 80,000 Pakistanis to perform Hajj this year

Over 80,000 Pakistanis to perform Hajj this year

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ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government has announced a 2022 Hajj quota, allowing 81,132 Pakistanis to perform the Hajj this year.

According to official sources, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interreligious Harmony will begin receiving Hajj applications through designated branches of the country’s scheduled banks in the coming days.

It added that Hajj fees, age restrictions, vaccines and other terms and conditions will be announced soon through the Hajj 2022 Policy. Applications submitted by individuals or groups will be voted on, the sources said. It said that the allocation of Hajj quota between public and private Hajj programmes will be split on a 60:40 ratio.

Earlier, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-Religious Harmony, Mufti Abdul Shakoor, said officials in the ministry should reach their full potential and make the best of the upcoming Hajj. Arrangements and provide excellent service to pilgrims.

In receiving a detailed briefing on the ministry’s activities and responsibilities, he said that the Hajj is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam and in order for this sacred duty to succeed, we must sacrifice our comfort and provide intentional pilgrims with All possible facilities.

The minister said that the operation of Hajj 2022 will be a difficult task for the ministry as it has a short time to manage all the prerequisites for its smooth sailing. The Minister expressed his determination to discharge his professional obligations in an efficient manner and said he expected all other employees and officers of the Ministry to do the same.

The briefing was presided over by the secretary and deputy secretary, and all relevant parties from the Ministry of Religious Affairs participated.

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