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Almost 10,000 pilgrims from J&K to perform Haj this year

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Over 14k applications were received this year; list of selected pilgrims to be uploaded on website Saturday

Srinagar: A close to 10,000 people from Jammu and Kashmir will perform the sacred pilgrimage of Haj this year as the draw of lots was held Friday, officials said.

They said that 1320 people, above 70 years of age and 132 women who had applied without mahram, will also perform the Haj 2023.

Talking to KNO, Haj Executive Officer, Abdul Salam Mir said that a total of 14271 applications had been received for Hajj-2023.

“For the first time, women without Mahram have been allowed to go for the pilgrimage. 132 female applicants without mahram have been selected this year. 1320 people who are above 70 years of age have also been selected under Reserved Category,” Mir said. He said that 14,000 applications were received for Haj 2023 from the people of J&K. Earlier, the Saudi government had barred the intending pilgrims above 70 years of age given the Covid pandemic in years 2020 and 2021. However, the Saudi government recently announced that pilgrims above 70 years of age will be given priority and for the first time, the Saudi government also allowed female pilgrims without a mahram to perform the holy pilgrimage of Haj.

“The draw of lots through random digital selection was held on Friday after 3:00 pm,” he said. “The list of successful Intending Haj Pilgrims shall be published the next day (Saturday) besides uploading the same on the official website of J&K Haj Committee,” said an official communique from the Haj house J&K.

This year, there will be 25 embankment points for the pilgrims across J&K.

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