PESHAWAR, 15 July: The intending pilgrims from southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may be sent to #SaudiArabia for Hajj from Islamabad Airport due to ongoing construction work at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport.

Director Hajj Shakeel Sethi said the intending pilgrims have been provided training in different districts of KP and the last training session will be held on Sunday. He said the pilgrims in Peshawar Airport will be seen off from domestic lounge due to ongoing construction work. He said the flight operation remains suspended during the night due to which the intending pilgrims from Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and other southern districts of KP may be shifted to Islamabad Airport. Mr Sethi said the first Hajj flight from Peshawar Airport will take off on 24 July. As many as 30,900 people from KP will perform Hajj this year. 19,500 pilgrims will perform Hajj under the government scheme, while 11,400 pilgrims will perform Hajj under private scheme. Thirty-three planes of #Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), 30 planes of Shaheen Airlines, 15 planes of Saudi Airlines and seven planes of Airblue will take part in the Hajj operation.

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