PIA Returns Over 900 Pilgrims in Post-Hajj Flight Operation

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) successfully transported over 900 pilgrims to the country as the post-Hajj flight operation commenced. PIA station manager Ali Abbas and Mian Sohail Mahmood, the manager for Hajj, warmly welcomed the 329 pilgrims who arrived in Lahore on PIA flights.

To facilitate the safe return of nearly 82,000 Hujjaj (pilgrims) from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Airblue, Serene Air, and Saudi Airlines will collaborate in this joint effort.Three aircraft transporting 693 Hujjaj to Karachi, Faisalabad, and Islamabad will depart from Jeddah, according to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.

PIA’s Hajj-return flight operation will progress until August 2nd, with the first return flight arriving in Karachi tomorrow. Prior to this, Pakistan has expressed dissatisfaction with the accommodations made for Hajj pilgrims when they were in Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah. Senator Talha Mehmood, the minister for religious affairs and interfaith harmony, voiced his displeasure with Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the minister for hajj and umrah in Saudi Arabia, about the difficulties Pakistani pilgrims experience. 

The Saudi Minister assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted to address the issues and hold the responsible Hajj service provider accountable.

It is important to note that activities in Mina and Arafat are entrusted to private companies.

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