ISLAMABAD (APP) - Due to low turn out of the applicants, it seems that all intending pilgrims would be declared successful without holding ballot as the last date to submit Haj applications expired on July 7 with approximately 68,000 requests in hand. The Ministry of Religious Affairs twice extended the last date, citing the condition of Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) main reason behind this low turn out. But, it could not collect the required number of applications against the quota of 80,000 under the government scheme. However, official sources told APP that the Ministry is still receiving applications dispatched by the designated bank branches from the far-flung areas of the country, expressing the hope that it would receive more applications during the next few days. So, the ministry yet has not decided whether or not to hold the ballot but, the situation would clear after a couple of days, they said. Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Kazmi has categorically stated that the last date would not be further extended. He said There will be no need of further extension as the Ministry has to accommodate around 8,000 to 10,000 applicants, who have been unsuccessful in the ballot during last two years consecutively and those who could not proceed to Saudi Arabia due to negligence of some Haj group organizers. Kazmi claimed that this year the Ministry would provide unprecedented facilities to Hujjaj performing the religious obligation under the government scheme. The ministry would send more than 160,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Haj this year under the government and private schemes.