54 Pakistani pilgrims died during Hajj


Islamabad—A total of 54 Pakistani pilgrims including 20 female and 34 male pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia during Hajj-2016.
Spokesman Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony told APP that 545 Muavineen-e-Hujjaj resolved 131,228 complaints of hujjaj during hajj-2016.
He said the ministry deployed 250 seasonal staff, 450 medical mission, 433 Muavineen-e-Hujjaj and 950 local Muavineen-e-Hujjaj to facilitate the pilgrims during hajj-2016.
Moreover Pakistan Hajj Mission arranged 400 wheelchairs for elderly and feeble pilgrims.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Post-Hajj operation of Pakistan International Airlines, private and foreign airlines is in progress and about 965 pilgrims have arrived at Bacha Khan International Airport on Saturday.
According to an official of the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) Alamgir Khan, the pilgrims have arrived through three flights of PIA, Shaheen Air and Saudi Airlines.
The first flight of Shaheen Air landed at around 2:25 pm, followed by PIA at 3:45 pm and Saudi Airlines at 4:00 pm according to their schedule.
Airport Manager Bacha Khan International Airport Tahir Sikander told APP that a total of 64 special flights would bring hujjaj to Peshawar and the operation of said flights would be completed by October 17, 2016.
He said a request has already been made to the relatives of Hujjaj that only one person would be allowed inside the airport to avoid the rush keeping in view safety and security of the hujjaj.
He said after landing, the Hujjaj were taken to Qayyum Sports Complex (QSC) where they were proceeded to their respective destinations.—APP