Srinagar, August 10: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today accorded a warm send off to the first batch of Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir and wished them a safe journey and smooth performance of Manasik-e-Hajj.
The Chief Minister reached Srinagar International Airport this morning where from the first group of 340 Hajis left for Madina Munnawarra in a direct Air India flight.
Interacting with the pilgrims, Mehbooba wished them well-being and smooth conduct of Haj-e-Baitullah. She also asked them to pray to Allah for peace and progress of the state as well as safeguarding its people from the tragedies and miseries of violence and bloodshed.
The Hajis thanked the Chief Minister for making elaborate arrangements at the Hajj House and Srinagar Airport.
As reported earlier, 6457 Hajis from J&K are scheduled to perform Hajj this year. They will be flown to Madina Munnawarra from Srinagar International Airport in 20 flights with two flights operating each day.