The Ministry of Religious Affairs will conduct balloting to choose over 107,526 intending pilgrims for the government’s Hajj Scheme today on Tuesday, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

The balloting will be performed by Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noorul Haq Qadri.

So far, over 216,000 hajj applications have been updated online by designated banks and the banks have been directed by the religious affairs ministry to complete the online entry of the Hajj applicants at the earliest and clear cheques and drafts of prospective pilgrims.
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The balloting for prospective pilgrims was delayed by a day on the request of banks.

The minister also said that awareness campaigns will be held in all provinces to guide the pilgrims. Qadri added that the ministry is taking all measures to facilitate the intending pilgrims.

However, the official said, the applicants were being informed about the receipt of their applications through short messaging services (SMS) on their mobile phones, while their particulars would also be uploaded on the ministry’s website. He asked the applicants to check their particulars on the website and get corrected the mistakes if any.

He asked the intending pilgrims to contact 051-9216980 & 051-9216982 for guidance and information.

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