ISLAMABAD: Computerised balloting for the selection of over seventy one thousand willing pilgrims under the Government Scheme 2015 will be held in Islamabad today (Thursday).
According to official notification of Ministry of Religious Affairs, balloting will be conducted at 03:00 pm and result of successful pilgrims will be available after 07:00 pm. Moreover, both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed via SMS by the Ministry. Later on, letter would be sent to the successful pilgrims.
This year, 143,368 people will perform the Hajj under the government scheme and through private operators. 270,000 applications have been received by the Ministry. Fifty percent of Government Scheme Hujjaj would be transported directly to Madina Munawara from Pakistan and vice versa as it would cut the journey time for pilgrims to reach Madina Munawara as well as cost of travelling. While remaining fifty percent will be airlifted directly to Jeddah.
Earlier the Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said that Hajj operation surveillance system has been built up. The complaints of the Hujjaj will be paid heed to and addressed through call centres, emails and special monitory teams. He also added that Hujjaj will be given five liters of Zam Zam at Pakistani airports on their return from the pilgrimage.
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