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How to apply through Sponsorship Scheme for Hajj 2024? Here's official guide

07:00 PM | 30 Nov, 2023
How to apply through Sponsorship Scheme for Hajj 2024? Here's official guide

ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has detailed the procedure for submitting the Hajj applications under the Sponsorship Scheme for Hajj 2024.

In a social media video on Thursday, the spokesperson said that the intending pilgrims should first gather information about the Hajj package they need to opt for through banks.

The official said that the website of the ministry should also be consulted for seeking information and the Hajj dues can also be calculated through the calculator given on the website of the ministry.

'The overseas Pakistanis need to initiate remittances initially,' said the spokesperson and added that any legal way can be opted for sending the remittance to Pakistan including a banking application.

'The amount sent from overseas should be accurate and the CNIC of beneficiary for which the remittance is submitted should also be mentioned,' said the spokesperson and said branch code should also be mentioned.

The spokesperson highlighted that when the remittance is received in the account, then either the applicant or their relative can visit any bank and furnish their CNIC and the CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card) of next of kin besides blood bank, four passport-size photographs with blue background, Covid certificate and other documents needed by the bank.

'Medical fitness certificates should also be filled as directed by the bank,' said the official and added that those who are sitting outside Pakistan can also submit in writing on plain paper that they are fit for traveling and upon reaching Pakistan can submit an attested medical fitness certificate.  

It should be noted that the government has started accepting applications for Hajj and the acceptance of applications will continue till December 12th. This is the first time that the government has also introduced a Short Hajj package spanning over 25 days to facilitate those who can not go to the Long Hajj; the cost of the Short Hajj package is more than the regular Long Hajj.

Meanwhile, the government of Saudi Arabia has allocated around 180,000 seats for Pakistan this year and half of those would be filled by the private hajj operators across the country.

The caretaker minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed had recently announced that the cost of Hajj for 2024 would be reduced by another Rs 50,000 and the amount would be sent back to the accounts of the applicants.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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