ISLAMABAD JULY 24 (TNS): PIA first Hajj flight carrying 328 pilgrims took off from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad for Madina early Monday.
Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was present at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad to see off the 328 intending pilgrims who would perform Hajj under the government scheme.
He urged the pilgrims to project a positive image of the country by adopting good behavior, staying disciplined and following the rules and regulation set by the government during the Hajj.
Nine more Hajj flights from different cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, will depart today.The month-long pre-Hajj flights’ operation would culminate on August 26. A total of four airlines including PIA, Saudi Airlines, Air Blue and Shaheen Air will participate in the operation.
More than 107,000 pilgrims from Pakistan are expected to perform Hajj this year in September.