Haj flight operation begins as first batch leaves for Saudi Arabia

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 25, 2017

The first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims let for Saudi Arabia from the Chowdhary Charan Singh worldwide airport here on Monday.

The annual pilgrimage of Haj begins today and eight hundred and forty passengers left from Haj House in Srinagar to board a flight to Jeddah from the Srinagar Airport. He said the ministry was trying to provide best facilities to pilgrims as it did during the last three years.

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

Of the 300 pilgrims who departed today, 67 are from Siddhartha Nagar, 21 from Lucknow, 20 from Pratapgarh, 18 from Bareilly and 15 from Kanpur. The PIA flights will start transporting the pilgrims back to Pakistan from September 6 and the operation will continue till October 6.

The first flight from Islamabad left for Madina on Monday.

This year, 8,106 pilgrims are scheduled to perform the holiest Muslim pilgrimage of Haj from Jammu and Kashmir.

The first Indian flight in Jeddah will arrive on August 7 and those arriving in Jeddah will move to Madinah after the Haj. He said that change in flight schedule would be made as per requirement.

"I advise Malaysian pilgrims to be disciplined". Hafiz Syed Riaz Hussain Najafi, Maulana Mohammad Afzal and Allama Ghulam Hussein were among the speakers. All pilgrims are guests at the holy land and they must create unity and passion to tolerate each other.

Zainol Rahim reminded the haj pilgrims to always stay up to date with the latest information from TH regarding activities, programmes, and alerts.

There are strict penalties for those who take drugs so every one must avoid this, they said.

Pilgrims expressed satisfaction at the elaborate arrangements and the warm reception accorded to them at the airport.

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