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PIA commences Hajj flights from Peshawar and Karachi

PESHAWAR: PIA has commenced its Hajj operation from here today with 1st flight taking off from Bacha Khan International Airport carrying 269 pilgrims for KSA.

Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan saw off the intending pilgrims. Speaking on the occasion, he informed that the Road-to-Makkah project would be extended to all the airports of the country next year. He said the government and private Hajj tour operators  were being monitored under the special directive of the PM. 

An official of KP Hajj Directorate, while talking to NPTV, told that a total of thirty-one thousand five hundred intending pilgrims will be airlifted from Peshawar in 50 Hajj flights. The operation will be completed by the 5th of August.

From Karachi too 1st Hajj flight carrying intending Hajjis left for Medina today. Governor Sindh Imran Ismail while saying farewell to the pilgrims at the airport. lauded the national carrier for providing travel facilities to 78,000 Hajj pilgrims this year.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.