ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The computerised balloting of 50 percent quota under the government Hajj Scheme 2018 was held in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon.
The Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat presided over the balloting ceremony.
The names of 87,813 fortunate people were announced in the draw.
Under the government Hajj Scheme 2018, a total of 179,210 intending pilgrims will perform Hajj 2018.
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Earlier in its meeting held on Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet had allowed the Religious Ministry to immediately carry out Hajj balloting for 50 percent of the total quota of the pilgrims.
The sources said that the Federal Cabinet took the decision after reviewing current status of the legal proceedings and the need to communicate maximum number of Hajj pilgrims to the Saudi authorities before March 3 for finalizing the flight schedules.
The balloting for the Hajj applicants was scheduled for January 26, 2018 but the Sindh High Court (SHC) and the Lahore High Court (LHC) stayed it after some Private Tour Operators and other applicants challenged the private and government quotas ratio.