Labaika Allah Huma Labaik: First flight of Hajjis leaves for Jeddah
SRINAGAR: The first flight of 340 Hajis from the state of Jammu and Kashmir left for Madinah Munawarrah on Saturday. The first batch was flagged off by Governor N N Vohra from the Srinagar International Airport
While overseeing the arrangements, the Governor interacted with a number of Hajis and wished them a safe journey and a highly satisfying Hajj.
Notably, this year 10,292 Hajjis (including 518 Hajjis who will embark from New Delhi) will be proceeding for Hajj. They will travel in daily flights during 14th July – 25th July, embarking from the Srinagar International Airport.
The First flight of 340 included 179 Male and 161 Female Hajis; of whom 203 Hajis were from District Anantnag; 6 from Bandipora; 26 from Baramulla; 20 from Budgam; 6 from Ganderbal; 4 from Kulgam; 6 from Kupwara; 16 from Pulwama; 52 from Srinagar and 1 from Shopian.
Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor; Dr. S.P. Vaid, DGP, Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shahid Anayatullah, Secretary Revenue and Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Deputy Commissioner Budgam were present on the occasion.
The Hajj pilgrimage culminates on Eidul Azha, which will fall on 22nd or 23rd of August depending on appearance of the crescent.
The first flight carrying the pilgrims back home from Saudi Arabia is scheduled to arrive here on August 25 while last return flight is on September 7.