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    Balloting for haj pilgrims starts in Nangarhar (Video)

    JALALABAD (PAN): The Haj and Islamic Affairs department in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday launched a ballot process to select intending pilgrims who would be sent to Saudi Arabia over the next three years.

    The department head, Mualvi Abdul Aziz Khairkhwa told Pajhwok Afghan News the ballot process was started from the Behsud district, where 330 people were selected against the district’s quota of 110 pilgrims.

    The selected pilgrims would be sent to Saudi Arabia on their turn this year and over next two years, he said.

    He said if a person withdrew the deposited money from bank, he or she would automatically drop out of the scheme. “Those who can wait for next two years, they should deposit $1,000 in the bank as guarantee,” he said.

    PAJHWOK/Babrak Amirzada