Governor receives first batch of pilgrimsArchive
PESHAWAR: The return of pilgrims started on Wednesday as 700 of them arrived here at Bacha Khan International Airport through different airlines after performing Haj.
Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra received the first batch of Haj pilgrims who arrived in three flights at the airport, according to a statement issued here. He felicitated the pilgrims on performing Haj.
The authorities at the airport earlier apprised the governor of arrangements for the conduct of post-Haj operation.
A big rush was seen on the Bara Road as a large number of people had come from different areas to receive their relatives. They had decorated the vehicles with flowers in a traditional manner.
Meanwhile, Shaheen Air International (SAI) started its post-Haj operations on Wednesday after transporting the highest number of pilgrims this year for Haj.
According to SAI’s spokesperson, the airline is geared to fly back 49,000 pilgrims from Jeddah and Madina via 69 flights to Karachi, 29 to Lahore, 30 each to Islamabad, Peshawar and Faisalabad, 32 to Quetta and two to Multan throughout the course of the operation.
In a press release issued here, the company’s chief marketing officer, Zohaib Hassan, remarked: “It has been a great honour for us to fly pilgrims for the blessed endeavour of Haj.” Shaheen Air was awarded a certificate of appreciation and award of excellence by the Directorate General of Haj, Pakistan, upon successful completion of its Haj operations in 2015, the statement said.
Published in Dawn, September 7th, 2017