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Govt considering balloting to choose pilgrims for Hajj says Sardar Yousuf

FAISALABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said that around 143,000 Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Minister was addressing a meeting at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Faisalabad, he said Saudi government has reduced Hajj quota for Pakistan by 20 per cent this year.

Yousuf informed the gathering that 50 percent intending pilgrims will be sent through private companies, while the remaining half will perform Hajj under government scheme.

The minister said earlier the intending pilgrims were selected on first come first served basis, but now the proposal of balloting to choose the pilgrims is under consideration.

He said the intending pilgrims will be provided more facilities this year.

The minister said negotiations are underway with airlines to reduce Hajj fares in view of decrease in fuel prices.

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