Over 71,000 intending pilgrims selected through balloting for Hajj-2015

ISLAMABAD: Over 71,000 intending pilgrims were selected through computerized ballotting, under the Government Scheme for Hajj-2015.

Minister for Religious Affairs, Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf conducted the ballotting held at the Committee Room of the Ministry of Religious Affairs here on Thursday.

The selection has been based on groups consisting from one to fourteen pilgrims. The selection of group leader is mean selecting the whole group.

The minister announced the names of first aspirants, who have been selected in balloting included the group of Muhammad Mansha from Mandi Bahauddin, followed by Abdul Salam from Shangla and Mubarak from Lahore.

The list of successful pilgrims would be put on the ministry website by 9 pm Thursday. The applicants can check their names by clicking their application numbers.

The successful aspirants would also be intimated through a letter and Short Messaging Services (SMS) on their mobile phones. The successful applicants can also check their names by visiting their respective banks.

The rejected appllicants can take their money back from respective banks.

A record of around 270,000 applications had been received under the Government Scheme, which shows people’s trust.

The balloting was conducted in collaboration with Punjab Information Technical Board.

Talking to media, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said, first time the online transparent balloting was conducted.

The PML-N government is committed to fecilitate the Hajj pilgrim with its best arrangements, Minister said.

A total number of 143,368 aspirants will perform the Hajj this year, half under the government scheme and half through private operators.