Hajj Flights Fail to Land at Srinagar Airport

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Srinagar—Exposing the real status of ‘Srinagar International Airport’, two flights carrying Hajj pilgrims from Jeddah could not land on Thursday evening and had to return to New Delhi.

Aggrieved at the announcement, attendants of over eight hundred pilgrims staged massive anti-government and anti-India protest. “This is shame. In present era of technology, we don’t have facility at so-called international airport that a flight can land in the evening,” said Nazir Ahmad, who was eagerly waiting along with hundreds of attendants to receive the pilgrims.   

According to officials, two Hajj flights carrying 420 pilgrims each from Saudi Arabia were scheduled to arrive at 4:15 pm and 5:35 pm. However, sources said, the flights were sent back to New Delhi where they had landed from Jeddah. No official could be contacted for the reasons.  

Minister for state for Haj & Auqaf Farooq Ahmad Andrabi and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar could not be contacted as their phones were switched off. 

“What for these facilities when you cannot provide landing system during evening hours,” Gulzar Ahmad, another attendant said, recalling news item about elaborate arrangements made.

The government had issued attendants of Hajjis multi color passes for entering the airport. Only one vehicle was allowed to enter the Airport premises from Hyderpora, in which one driver and one relative accompanies the Hajj pilgrim at departure point. 

All routes leading to Airport were properly plugged at Gogo and Humhama Crossings. Additional 80 Home-guards were deployed at Airport and 20 at Hajj House. Kehwah Transport Company has also deployed ten vehicles at Hajj house. 

(GNS)

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