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Shaheen Air flight carrying stranded Haj pilgrims reaches home

KARACHI: A Shaheen Air International (SAI) flight carrying 216 Haj pilgrims who were stranded at Madina airport landed in Karachi early Sunday morning.   According to details, the SAI flight (NL-704) brought the Haj pilgrims back home from Madina where they were stranded owing to suspension of the SAI's flight operation. Yesterday, a  spokesperson of the CAA said the airline’s licence had been restored for the purpose of post-Haj operation. He said more than 325 Haj pilgrims had been left stranded in Madina for the…

Shaheen Air permitted to bring back Haj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has restored the licence of the Shaheen Air International (SAI) to run its operations in order to bring back Haj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.  The CAA spokesperson said the airline’s licence has been restored for the purpose of post-Haj operation. He said more than 325 Haj pilgrims have been left stranded at Madina airport for the last 24 hours. The permission to repatriate them was granted solely on humanitarian grounds, he added. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had…

Second Hajj balloting to be conducted today

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs has announced to conduct second Hajj balloting for the remaining 10% pilgrims today (Friday) in Islamabad. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf will conduct the balloting for the remaining 10% intending pilgrims to select 375 intending pilgrims in the general category. “The federal government has exempted all 12,623 applicants who had been applying for the past three years consecutively, and other 7400 intending pilgrims aged 80 and…

Government announces Hajj policy 2016

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced the Hajj policy for 2016 and notified that applications in this regard will be accepted from 18-26th April, ARY News reported. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yusuf said that approximately 143,300 pilgrims will offer the sacred obligation from Pakistan this year. No one will be allowed to offer Hajj on official expenses. The minister said that applications will be accepted from 18-26th April and a lucky draw will be held on 29th April to select the aspirant pilgrims. He…