SRINAGAR: The two direct flight of 420 pilgrims each left from Srinagar on Tuesday for Medina in Saudi Arabia from Srinagar international Airport. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Haj and Auqaf Minister Farooq Andrabi visited the pilgrims at the airport. Mehbooba requested the pilgrims to pray for peace and prosperity in the Jammu and Kashmir.
Officials said two direct flights carrying 840 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir to Saudi Arabia will operate daily from Tuesday till August 5. This year, 8,106 pilgrims are scheduled to perform the holiest Muslim pilgrimage of Haj from Jammu and Kashmir.
Two assistants, especially trained by the Haj committee, are accompanying the pilgrims in each flight. At least 40 such assistants called ‘Khudam-ul-Hujaaz’ will remain on duty with pilgrims during this year’s Haj.