ISLAMABAD : Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will conduct another balloting to distribute additional 9,600 quota among the unsuccessful applicants of Government Hajj Scheme on Monday (May 20), a spokesman of the ministry Friday said.

Talking to APP, he said the Saudi government has given additional quota of 16,000 to Pakistan. Out of which 60 percent will be allocated to the remaining applicants of Government Hajj Scheme, who were declared unsuccessful in recent balloting.

He said all unsuccessful applicants will be included in the balloting despite withdrawing money from their respective bank branches. In case of selection they will have to deposit dues within four days time. This year 216,542 applications were received, out of which 107,526 were declared successful in a balloting conducted on March 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, the ministry established a dedicated Hajj helpline to promptly resolve any grievances of intending pilgrims. The helpline will provide them with the required information besides registering and resolving complaints relating to Hajj 2019.

According to the ministry sources, the prospective pilgrims can register their complaints or seek information via the 042-111-725-425 helpline. They can also get answers about Hajj-related queries via 051-9205696, 051-9216980, 051-9216981 and 051-9216982. As per the Hajj Policy 2019 released by the ministry, a total of 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj this year.