Emotions ran high at King Abdulaziz International Airport as Pakistan commenced its post-Hajj 2024 flight operations. The farewell Tawaf at the Grand Mosque in Makkah marked the end of the five-day pilgrimage, concluding the rituals performed at Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah.

This year, approximately 160,000 Pakistanis undertook the Hajj under both government and private schemes. On the first day of the month-long post-Hajj operation, 1,723 pilgrims were scheduled to return to Pakistan. The operations began with flight PF-723, which departed for Multan from Jeddah at 05:35 SAST, carrying 150 passengers.

Following this, PA-471 took off for Lahore at 06:55 SAST with 190 pilgrims. Shortly after, PA-273 left for Islamabad at 07:55 SAST with 200 passengers on board. At 08:15 SAST, PA-173 departed for Karachi with 180 pilgrims, and PA-873 for Multan took off at 08:30 SAST, also with 180 passengers.

Later in the day, PF-719 for Islamabad departed at 10:50 SAST with 150 pilgrims, followed by PF-721 for Lahore at 11:45 SAST with 150 passengers. The evening saw PF-715 for Karachi leaving at 18:20 SAST with 151 pilgrims. The final flight of the day, PK-842, took off for Islamabad at 20:50 SAST, carrying 372 pilgrims on board.

The commencement of these flights signifies the beginning of the journey home for many Pakistani pilgrims, wrapping up their spiritual journey with heartfelt farewells and memories of the sacred pilgrimage.

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