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Srinagar, Jun 22: As the annual Hajj-2024 concluded earlier this week, the first batch of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir landed at Srinagar International Airport on Saturday evening.

The first batch of 320 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir returned from the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, officials said.

Executive Officer J&K Haj Committee, Dr. Shujahat Qureshi told that the first batch of 320 Hajj pilgrims returned today and were received at the Srinagar International Airport by J&K Hajj Committee members, Airport authorities and senior officials from police and civil administration.

“One flight was scheduled today, in which 320 pilgrims 166 males and 156 females– returned and landed here at around 9.15 PM,” a senior Airport official said.

Dr. Qureshi said that upon arrival of pilgrims at Srinagar International Airport and after necessary formalities including immigration, the Hajjis will go directly to their homes with their relatives.’

“Vehicle passes have already been issued online for those intending to receive the pilgrims. Immigration staff too has been deployed by J&K police, staff of JK Haj committee will also be present,” he added.

According to the officials, this year, over 7000 pilgrims from the region undertook the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Madina. Of these, approximately 6800 pilgrims departed through the Srinagar embarkation point, while over 500 pilgrims traveled from other airports.

J&K Hajj Committee has already issued the return flight schedule upto 29 June with two flights scheduled for 23 June at 11:50 AM and 4:25 PM.(KNO)