First batch of Haj pilgrims from Kashmir leave for Saudi Arabia

Srinagar: The first batch of 340 Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia today.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gave a warm send off to the first batch of Haj pilgrims from the state and wished them a safe journey and smooth performance of Manasik-e-Haj (rituals), an official spokesman said.

He said the chief minister reached Srinagar International Airport early this morning where the first group of 340 Hajis left for the holy city of Medina in a direct Air India flight.

Sayeed was accompanied by his wife, Minister for Haj, Auqaf and Horticulture, A R Veeri, Member Parliament Mehbooba Mufti and MP and Member, Haj Committee of India, Mohammad Salim Ansari, the spokesman said.

While interacting with the pilgrims, Sayeed wished them well-being, success and smooth conduct of Haj-e-Baitullah.

He also asked them to pray for peace and progress of the state as well as safeguarding the people against the vagaries of weather, the spokesman said.