Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims

The first batch of 340 Haj pilgrims was flagged off by Union Minister of State for Minorities Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi from Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Haj Terminal here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naqvi said that Haj pilgrimage is a cherished desire of every Muslim in his life time. Extending good wishes on behalf of the Prime Minister and himself, the Minister urged Hajis to pray for peace, prosperity, harmony and brotherhood in our great nation and the entire world.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Haj Committee of India Chairman Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Qaiser, Minority Affairs Ministry Secretary Rakesh Garg, and Haj Committee of India Member and Delhi Coordinator H B Kazmi were present on the occasion.
A total of 340 Haj pilgrims proceeded for the pilgrimage at 0230 hrs. For Haj 2016, a total of 12,500 Haj pilgrims will be flying from Delhi to Jeddah by Air India’s 37 charter flights. Around 8690 pilgrims will be from Uttar Pradesh and the rest from Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Haryana.
For Haj 2016, total 1,00,020 Haj pilgrims will be facilitated from 21 points across India through the Haj Commiittee. Apart from this, 36,000 Haj pilgrims will proceed through the private tour operators, an official press release added.


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