ISLAMABAD: All the designated branches of banks will start receiving Hajj applications from today (Tuesday).
According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs Imran Siddiqui, the applications will be received by the banks till 6th of next month.
The ministry, in a press release, added that it has informed all the banks regarding its decision. The announcement stated that forms will also be received on Saturday and Sunday which are official bank holidays.
The previous date was changed upon the federal cabinet’s disapproval of an important point.
Meanwhile, the Hajj application form has been simplified and computerised. The Ministry of Religious Affairs has explained that the affidavit has not been removed from the Hajj application form.
The affidavit is available with the computerised form, where applicants will be required to sign.
The ministry on Saturday had barred the designated branches of thirteen scheduled banks from receiving Hajj applications under the government scheme.
In a circular issued in Islamabad, the ministry announced suspending its orders of February 17 which had directed the banks to start receiving Hajj applications from February 24 to March 3.