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Hajj Applications Exceed Quota by 64%, Overwhelming the Government

Earlier today, the Federal Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, presided over a meeting at the Finance Division to discuss the development of the Hajj Scheme 2023.

Senior officials from the Finance and Religious Affairs Ministries as well as Mufti Abdul Shakoor, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Tariq Mehmood Pasha, the SAPM on Revenue, and the Secretaries of Religious Affairs and Finance attended the meeting.

Progress on the Hajj 2023 was reviewed and discussed at the meeting. The meeting was informed by the Secretary of Religious Affairs that, in accordance with government policy, the deadline for submitting applications for the Hajj 2023 was Friday, March 31.

Furthermore, it was disclosed that compared to the government’s usual plan limit of 44,190, banks have received 72,869 applications. Details regarding its foreign exchange requirements for the Hajj 2023 were also released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

The Chair requested that accurate and reconciled data be obtained from the banks by Tuesday, April 4, detailing the total number of applications received under the usual programme.

The government should assess and determine the final number of planned applicants for the regular Hajj scheme 2023 after receiving complete information.

According to Pakistan’s Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, the Hujjaj is a solemn religious obligation, and the Pakistani government will assist in any way it can.

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