First Hajj flight carrying 326 intending pilgrims departs from Multan.

MULTAN -- Pre Hajj Operation began from Multan International Airport (MIAP) with 326 intending pilgrims on board at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which departed for Madina here on Tuesday.

Senator, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani along with Airport Manager (APM), Syed Ghazanfar Raza, PIA Chief Information officer, Saqlain Gardezi, Director Hajj Rehan Abbas Khokhar, PIA Distt Manager, Ghazanfar Akhtar, PIA Station Manager and Nadeem Murtaza saw off the pilgrims.

Exactly 52 flights of PIA, Saudi Airline and Air Blue will carry approximately 12,000 pilgrims from Multan during pre Hajj operations this year which will conclude on June 18.

The first PIA flight no 715 was Boeing 777 that left for Medina today.

A ceremony was held at MIAP to see off the pilgrims of the first flight attended among others by Hajj Directorate, CAA, PIA, ASF officials.

Addressing the ceremony, Senator Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated the pilgrims saying that they were lucky to be chosen for the sacred Islamic duty.

He said that only those who were called had the chance to go for Hajj every year adding that they were the ambassador of the country and the region on the Holy Land and are expected to behave in a civilized and good manners which will appease Allah Almighty, Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and Saudi citizens.

The Senator informed that this year 11,500 pilgrims would travel from Multan with an expenditure of over Rs11 lakh for each pilgrim and added that the government would pay Rs 55,000 for each pilgrim to sacrificial animals and it had made best arrangements for them.

He asked the intending pilgrims to pray for the progress and prosperity of the country besides for martyrs, Pakistan Movement Leaders and workers and for poor segments of the society.

Gilani paid rich tribute to the former federal minister for Religious Affairs. Maulana Abdul...

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