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Over 31,000 Pakistani Government Scheme Pilgrims Arrive in Saudi Arabia as Hajj Flight Operation Continues

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs announced on Thursday that a total of 31,057 Pakistani pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia under the government scheme since the special Hajj flight operation commenced on May 9. An additional 2,450 pilgrims are scheduled to reach Madinah later today on 12 flights.

The ministry reported that Pakistan has operated 126 Hajj flights so far, transporting pilgrims to the holy city of Madinah. Starting tomorrow, direct Hajj flights to Jeddah, which is about an hour’s drive from Makkah, will commence. Over 12,000 Pakistani pilgrims have already completed their stay in Madinah and have been driven to Makkah, with the neighborhoods of Aziziyah and Batha Quraish bustling with activity.

“Through 126 Hajj flights, 31,057 government-sponsored pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia,” the ministry’s statement read. Additionally, today, 2,450 more pilgrims will reach Medina on 12 flights. More than 2,000 pilgrims under the private scheme have also arrived in the kingdom. With the special cooperation of Saudi authorities, 16,500 pilgrims have completed their visit to Riyadh al-Jannah.

The ministry has engaged 156 personnel to provide medical facilities for the pilgrims, while 336 individuals are responsible for arranging transport, accommodation, and food. Officials at the main control office in Makkah are also providing guidance and assistance to the pilgrims through the Pakistan Hajj cellphone app.

Pakistan has a Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims this year, with 63,805 people performing the pilgrimage under the government scheme, while the remainder will be managed by private tour operators. The pilgrimage is expected to run from June 14 to June 19.

Furthermore, the spokesperson stated that 12,435 pilgrims have completed their visit to Medina and have arrived in Mecca for the performance of Umrah. Direct Hajj flights from Pakistan to Jeddah are set to commence on May 24.

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