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Post-hajj operation begins, 1st flight tonight

Post-hajj operation begins, 1st flight tonight

Oct 08, 2014 - 18:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Airlifting Afghan pilgrims back to the country from Saudi Arabia would start tonight, the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs said on Wednesday.

The first plane bringing Afghan pilgrims would take off from Saudi Arabia at 10:00pm and would land at the Kabul International Airport at 12:00am, said Daei Abdul Haq Abid, deputy finance and administrative affairs director at the ministry.

He told reporters in Kabul the first post-hajj plane would carry 218 pilgrims and the process to transfer pilgrims back from Saudi Arabia would last 25 days.

About 24,000 Afghans, who performed this year’s pilgrimage, would be brought back to the country on 118 flights.

Abid said around 12 elderly Afghan pilgrims had died during the performance of the hajj and 13 others sustained injuries.



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