ISLAMABAD :  Ballotting to select successful Haj applicants to perform Haj this year would be conducted on May 14th after receiving applications through the commercial banks. According to Radio Pakistan, this year nearly 143,368 Pakistanis would perform Haj under the government scheme and private Haj group organisers. Anyone who has performed Haj during the last five years will not be eligible to perform pilgrimage this year except for those people who will be going as `Mehram’ or the ones performing `Haj-e-Badal’.

The government has made elaborate arrangements to facilitate the Hujjaj in Saudi Arabia and in this connection, a medical mission of 450 people will be sent to the holy land. Transport facility would be provided to the Hujjaj round the clock besides they would be accommodated at one place as different categories of accommodation have been abolished.