Pakistan Hajj Biometric Verification In Last Week of March
The biometric verification of finger prints of selected Pakistani Hajj pilgrims of Government Hajj Scheme will begin in the last week of March, 2019. Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony’s official sources said that the selected Hajj pilgrims will be informed of their respective biometric schedule through telephone call or short messaging services (SMS).
The Saudi government has already declared biometric verification essential for all intending Hujjaj. The process of biometric verification will be conducted at 26 centres in Faisalabad, Multan, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Sukkhar, Sialkot and Rahim Yar Khan.
The use of biometric system for private Hajj pilgrims intending to go to perform Hajj through private scheme has also been made mandatory. The process is intended to save time at Jeddah airport where pilgrims usually queue up to undergo the process, the ministry said. Pilgrims under 6 years of age and above 80 years of age are exempted from biometric verification.
Earlier, Minister for Religious Affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, on 12th March had announced names of 112,526 successful applicants after balloting, who will perform Hajj under the government scheme this year.
Addressing a press conference here, the minister had announced that as many as 112,526 people would perform Hajj under the government scheme while 71,684 people will go for Hajj under private Hajj scheme.
Once the Biometric verification is completed in Pakistan, Hajj pilgrims will only be required to have their passports stamped after entering the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia introduced biometric verification mandatory for all intending Hajj pilgrims last year, in an attempt to make the identification process more computerized. The spokesperson said that the Pakistan Government is trying for Hajj pilgrims to have their verification done faster and easy manner.