Restrictions on media not acceptable: CPNE

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry for Religious Affairs on Monday asked around 73,772 unsuccessful applicants of the government’s Hajj scheme to take back their money anytime from their respective banks. Those applicants who failed to qualify for the government Hajj scheme can take back their deposited money on producing the original receipt and national identity card, an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs said. He said the ministry would soon issue intimation letters to around 53,814 successful Hajj applicants who should visit their respective bank branches with original receipts and must deposit their machine-readable passports by June 10. Passports of these successful candidates must be valid up to March 31, 2015, he added. A total of127,586 Hajj applications were deposited in 6,500 branches of six schedule banks, across the country. The official said the government Hajj scheme applicants could check their status by visiting the website The month-long Hajj operation will commence from August 27 (first Ziqad). The buildings in the holy cities of Makkah and Madina are being hired by a high-powered committee to ensure transparency, it has been learnt. The committee comprises of Hajj director general, a representative of Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Hajj director general in Jeddah, Madina and an accounts officer in Jeddah. 

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