Over 100,000 Pakistani pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD – Over 100,000 Pakistani Hajj pilgrims have so far been arrived in Saudi Arabia through 536 flights, Director General Hajj Syed Abu Akif said on Thursday.

In a statement, he said that the intending Hujjaj were being transported to Jeddah and Madinah Munawwarrah from 10 gateways included Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Rahimyar Khan and Sukkur. The hajj operation has been completed in Madina Munawwarrah by transporting 22,546 intending pilgrims through 83 flights.

He said that the ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has made better arrangements this year as comparing to last year. The intending pilgrims are being provided modern facilities including internet and modern lifts. A team of senior officials were monitoring the hajj operation. The provision of maximum facilities to pilgrims were being ensured.

He said as many as 166 seasonal staff, 330 muavineen-e-Hajj and 346 medical mission were serving the Hujjaj in Saudia Arabia. The Pre-Hajj operation will conclude on September 17 and Post Hajj operation of bringing back Hajjis would be conducted from September 27 to October 28, he said. As many as 143,368 would perform the sacred ceremony this year. Fifty per cent of them would perform the Hajj through government scheme and fifty percent through private scheme Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).

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