Srinagar- The first batch of 630 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday left for Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage, officials said.
The batch of pilgrims was flagged off at the Srinagar airport by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
“Flagged off UT’s 1st batch of Haj pilgrims from Srinagar International Airport, today. Conveyed my greetings and best wishes to the blessed pilgrims, who are embarking upon the sacred journey for performing the Haj. I pray for successful pilgrimage and peace & prosperity for J&K,” Sinha said in a tweet.
The pilgrims left in two flights, carrying 315 passengers each, they said.
There were 339 male pilgrims and 291 female pilgrims in total, they added.
Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Haj Committee Safina Baig said all the arrangements were in place for the pilgrims.
“We have tried to make the arrangements better this year,” she said.
This is God’s blessings that we are going for the pilgrimage. We will pray for Jammu and Kashmir,” Abdul Khaliq, a pilgrim from Rainawari area of the city, told PTI video.