First batch of 840 Hajj pilgrims leave for Medina

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Madina Munawarah Tuesday from the Srinagar International Airport, sources said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Haj and Auqaf Minister Farooq Andrabi saw off the pilgrims at the Srinagar global airport. Tamimi and other senior officials of GACA and Ministry of Haj and Umrah greeted the pilgrims with welcome gifts and flowers.

The minister said that better services are being made available to pilgrims this year as compared to last year.

Even the pilgrims traveling to Haj seem to be satisfied with the arrangements made. "Our work will start from the time they land in Saudi Arabia and go on till such time that they have performed the entire pilgrimage and are ready to leave for their respective destinations", he said, adding the core will ensure pilgrims are able to withstand the rigors of the pilgrimage that will see devouts from across the world arrive.

Shaheen Airline flight (NL-751), the first flight under Pakistan's private Haj scheme, carrying 253 pilgrims, was the first Haj flight that landed in Jeddah.

KL Image Bilal Bhadur
KL Image Bilal Bhadur

The first flight from Islamabad left for Madina on Monday. Special counters were set-up for the convenience of pilgrims while stringent security arrangements were also in place here at Islamabad International Airport.

The first Indian flight in Jeddah will arrive on August 7 and those arriving in Jeddah will move to Madinah after the Haj.

According to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesman, the first flight has departed for Madina. Similarly, from Lahore, the first flight will take off on July 27. We are very pleased with the arrangements made. He said that change in flight schedule would be made as per requirement.

Malaysian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Datuk Zainol Rahim Zainuddin, said the Saudi government has increased the haj quota for many countries, including Malaysia.

This year, 8,106 pilgrims are scheduled to perform the holiest Muslim pilgrimage of Haj from Jammu and Kashmir. The government scheme also includes Qurbani arrangements through Office of Pilgrim Affairs of Pakistan (OPAP).

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