ISLAMABAD - Balloting for successful applicants will be held on Friday as the process of receiving Haj applications is underway across the country.

According to spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, over 172,000 Haj applications have been received so far and designated bank branches were open to receive applications even on Sunday, reported Radio Pakistan.

He said that the intending pilgrims can submit their applications till Wednesday.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CONSTITUTED

Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has constituted a Haj Advisory Committee with the mandate to manage Haj operation 2018 in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and suggest measures for improving welfare services for Hujjaj.

According to official sources, the main aim of the committee is to advise on policy, planning and management of Haj operation and oversee the workings of building hiring committee in Saudi Arabia.

Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony heads the committee, while members included Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony; Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony; Ambassador of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia; Director General Haj, Jeddah and Chairman/Secretary of Haj Organisers Association of Pakistan were among the members of the committee.

Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will be the secretary of the committee. The secretarial support will be provided by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. The committee or any of its members could visit Saudi Arabia, if so required, with the approval of the competent authority.

The chairman/secretary of HOAP would travel on his own expense. The committee or any of its members may visit KSA, if so required, with the approval of competent authority. The expenditure to be incurred on the visit of the members of the committee will be borne by their respective offices.