PESHAWAR, Feb 01 (APP):Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri Friday said as many as 184,000  Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj policy.

Talking to media, he said that the intending pilgrims would be facilitated through  bio-metric system at local level to expedite the processing of Hajj applications, adding  that a quota of 10,000 pilgrims has been reserved for elderly citizens while another  portion of 500 pilgrims has been fixed for low income group.

The Minister said that Hajj expenditures increase every year due to hike in prices  and this year the increase has also been made.

To a question about subsidy, he replied that Hajj was an obligation for those who can  afford.