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16,700 Sponsored Hajj applications so far

ISLAMABAD: The aspirant pilgrims have submitted 16,700 Hajj applications since the submission process was started from March 16, in the designated banks across the country.

Giving the break up, an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and Interfaith Harmony on Tuesday informed that as many as 15,600 applications were received under the regular Government Hajj Scheme while 1,100 applications were processed under Sponsorship Hajj Scheme.
He, in a talk with media, said the ratio of Hajj application receipts were increasing with every passing day as on Tuesday, the ministry witnessed more than 6,000 Hajj applications in a single day.
He said to participate in the Sponsorship Hajj Scheme, the dues must be remitted to any dollar account of the religious affairs ministry mentioning the applicant’s name, computerized national identity card and contact numbers. It took two or three business days to transfer money from abroad, he added.
The official said due to deduction of bank commission in Sponsorship Hajj Scheme, the difference of up to 80 dollars could be deposited in Pakistani rupees as per standing instructions of the ministry to the banks.
He said religious affairs ministry was in constant contact with four Hajj helplines and designated banks for the convenience of applicants.
He made it clear that a proposal to defer medical fitness certificates for overseas Pakistanis until their arrival in Pakistan was under consideration.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.