Filing of Hayy applications probably from February 24

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ISLAMABAD: The submission of Hajj applications to the designated bank branches is more likely to start as of February 24, according to official sources.

According to the details, this year a total of 179,210 pilgrims would fulfill Haj’s sacred obligation, including 60% of them under the government scheme and 40% under the private scheme.

The Haj package of the government scheme has already been reduced to Rs480,000 and Rs470,000 for the northern and southern regions, respectively.

Applicants over 70 years of age must clearly mark the quota column in the application to ensure automatic selection. Applicants, who had already submitted their application in the last three years 2017, 2018 and 2019, must write the application numbers of their last three Haj applications to ensure automatic selection.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on February 11 rejected an increase of Rs 105,000 in Hayy’s annual package previously announced by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

According to development sources, Noorul Haq Qadri stood firm to increase the prices of the Hajj package citing an increase in tariffs by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: The federal government approves Hayy’s policy for the year 2020

The prime minister flatly rejected the claim and said he would not allow such exorbitant prices to be charged to Hajj’s applicants, the sources revealed.

The prime minister ordered the minister to only charge Hujjaj for the increase in air fare and nothing else.

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