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Karachi Gears Up for Road to Makkah Project Implementation

Karachi Gears Up for Road to Makkah Project Implementation

Karachi’s Jinnah Terminal Airport has been enlisted in the Road to Makkah project, facilitating all immigration procedures for Hajj pilgrims departing from Pakistan to occur in Karachi.

Under this initiative, pilgrims will benefit from enhanced facilities, with immigration processes now being conducted at Karachi airport instead of in Saudi Arabia. Staff assigned by the Saudi Aviation Authority will handle pilgrim immigration, eliminating the need for immigration procedures at Jeddah and Madinah airports. Preparations for the Road to Makkah project at Karachi Airport are nearing completion, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allocating space for two counters dedicated to Saudi immigration officials.

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Director Hajj Gulzar Soomro confirmed that the inaugural flight under the Road to Makkah project is scheduled to depart from Karachi to Madinah on May 9. As part of the government scheme, a total of 16,281 pilgrims from Karachi, 1,000 from Sukkur, and 2,200 from Quetta will depart from Jinnah Terminal to Madinah under the Road to Makkah project.

Furthermore, the government will cover the expenses of plastic wrapping for the luggage of pilgrims departing from Karachi. Additionally, training sessions for intending Hajj pilgrims are set to commence in Karachi starting today.