ISLAMABAD: Different branches of 13 designated banks had received over 111,306 applications under Government Hajj Scheme, said an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

According to latest updates, different numbers of applications had been received from different provinces and cities. Major proportion of the total number of applications is from Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta and Faisalabad.

So far, a total of 25,916 applications had been received from Peshawar, 21,841 from Lahore, 20,470 from Islamabad, 13,701 from Karachi, 9,922 from Multan, 7,139 from Quetta, 5,080 from Faisalabad, 4,812 from Sialkot, 1,542 from Sukkur and 883 applications were received from Rahim Yar Khan, SAMAA News.

However, the total number of pilgrims that would perform Hajj under Government Hajj Scheme is 120,000. So, this number of pilgrims would perform the sacred religious ceremony under Government Hajj Scheme 2018, out of a total of 179,210 Pakistani pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj 2018. Remaining 59,210 would perform Hajj under Private Hajj Scheme.

The nominated banks would continue receiving applications till January 24.

Balloting would be held on January 26, 2018.

The list of banks has already issued. Listed banks are Habib Banks Limited; United Bank Limited; National Bank of Pakistan; Muslim Commercial Bank; Allied Bank Limited; Agriculture Development Bank Limited; Bank of Punjab; Bank Alfalah; Meezan Bank; Habib Metropolitan Bank; Dubai Islamic Bank Limited; Faisal Bank Limited and Askari Bank Limited.

The ministry has asked the intending pilgrims to contact Hajj Inquiry number 051-9205696 for answering the Hajj related queries.

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