First hajj flight departs to Saudia


ISLAMABAD:The first hajj flight PK-7003 carrying 327 pilgrims departed to Madina from Islamabad International Airport on Saturday morning.

The pilgrims were seen off by additional Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Captain (Retd) Aftab Ahmed,Deputy Head of Mission,Saudi Embassy Habibullah Bukhari.

Congratulating the pilgrims Captain Aftab said the ministry has provided maximum facilities to pilgirms. The pre hajj flight operation would continue till Aug 15.

He urged the pilgrims to comply with the directions of Mauvineen e hujjaj and Saudi Authorities during their stay to make their hajj hassle free.

The pilgrims must play their role in further enhancing country’s prestige and dignity.

A help line has already been activated both in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to register and resolve complaints of the intending Hujjaj, he said.

Captain (Retd) Aftab Ahmed, Vice President Rafiq-e-Hujjaj Committee Babu Imran Qureshi briefed the pilgrims about Hajj rituals.

Meanwhile, another Hajj flight PK-7001 carrying over 300 government Hajj scheme pilgrims left from Karachi early Saturday morning.

The first hajj flight carrying 180 pilgrims would leave for Saudia Arabia from Multan on Sunday (July 15) and from Faisalabad on July 17.

In the first two days 1550 pilgrims would be sent to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims are being intimated about their flight schedule through SMS and they can also see the schedule on the website of the ministry.

The post hajj flight operation would began from August 28 , 2018.

According to PIA spokesman, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would bring 60,000 pilgrims to Saudia through 250 scheduled flights. PIA’s Boing 777 and Airbus 320 would be used for the Hajj operation.— APP