Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off the first flight of 152 Hajis for Madinah Munawwarah which left from the Srinagar International Airport this morning.
Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor; Jina Nabi Shaikh Chairman, Haj Committee of India; B V R Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, S P Pani, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir , Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, Deputy Commissioner Budgam , Dr Abdul Salam Mir, Executive Officer, J&K State Haj Committee, besides, other members of Haj Committee of India were present on the occasion.
Governor interacted with a number of Hajis and extended his best wishes to them for their safe and highly satisfying pilgrimage. Governor urged the pilgrims to pray for welfare and development of the state and for promoting harmony and peace.
On the first day, 304 Haj pilgrims embarked for the pilgrimage which included 160 males and 144 females through two flights with 152 Hajis each.
This year, 11,700 Hajis will be proceeding for Haj. They will travel in daily flights during July 4 to July 29, embarking from the Srinagar International Airport.
The First flight carried 152 Hajis of whom 67 were from Srinagar District, 50 from Baramulla; 11 from Budgam; 08 from Kupwara; 05 from Anantnag; 05 from Pulwama; 04 from Bandipora and 02 from Shopian.