Saudi Arabia has enhanced the quota of Pakistani Hajj pilgrims by 19,609 for 2011. Following the enhancement, the total number of pilgrims from Pakistan will be 179,256 as opposed to 159,547 in 2010.
Some salient features of the new Hajj policy:
- This year, there will be no balloting. The method of first come, first served is being introduced. Applications will be invited from April 11 to April 30. (Now date has changed)
- There shall be two schemes, i.e. government Hajj scheme and through Hajj Group Organisations (HGOs).
- Out of the total allocation, 50 per cent would be allocated to the government Hajj scheme and 50 per cent to private scheme.
- Unsuccessful applicants for Hajj 2010 will be considered approved for Hajj 2011 if they have not withdrawn Hajj dues subject to the condition that they have not applied afresh for Hajj 2011. Dues will be adjusted.