100,000 intending pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: A total of 100,000 intending pilgrims have so far reached Saudi Arabia for performing the sacred ceremony of Hajj.

During current season, Pakistan International Airlines, Saudi Airline, Air Blue and Shaheen Air had been assigned to take around 143,000 Hujjaj for performing the religious obligation, official sources of the Ministry of Religious Affairs informed APP on Thursday.

Around 86,000 lucky persons would perform under private and over 55,000 under the government scheme, he said and added that the ministry has hired 108 buildings for government scheme pilgrims.

He said remaining, intending pilgrims would be airlifted through 24 flights. The month long Hajj flight operation would be concluded on September 28.

To a question, he said, around 230 Khudam-ul-Hujjaj had been deployed at Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah to facilitate the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

A 270-member medical mission, comprising doctors and paramedics are also providing medical facilities to the pilgrims.

A hospital and about eight dispensaries are set up in Makkah and Madinah to provide medical treatment to Pakistani pilgrims.

Source: APP