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‘29600 people attended Haj program this year’

In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, the head of Information and Relations Department of the Ministry of Haj and Endowment NaseruddinDariz said, Haj pilgrims were transferred by KAM AIR flights to Mecca and services were available to Afghan pilgrims in four branches in Saudi Arabia by MoHE, concerned ministries and private companies simultaneously.

Dariz added, after Haj ceremonies, Afghan pilgrims started repatriation to Afghanistan on Aug 27 and so far over 13500 people have returned home respectively and this process is going on.

Talking on the available services, facilities and resources to Afghan pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, Dariz said, travel, accommodation, food, medical aids and transportation were available there. And according to comments we received through internet, over 90 pc of pilgrims were satisfied for our services.

He went on to say, contracts on food supplies were signed by NPA with private companies to offer services for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. A number of doctors were also sent by MoPH with the expenditure of MoHE to remove problems of pilgrims.

The contracts of MoHE and NPA benefitted US $6m to government treasury.

Dariz added, totally, this year services were good than previous years to pilgrims.

Dariz explained, sometimes we received negative comments on delay of food supply due to crowd and rush of people.

This year, we launched four time more publication not only in four zones inside the country but also in Mecca, Jeddah and Medina.

Large number of Afghans expressed satisfaction after return from Saudi Arabia for services available there and said that problems were less this year than past years.

Ahmad Zia an employee of the MoRRD said, I with my family returned home from Saudi Arabia in third flight and are satisfied with available services there. When my mother became ill, the medical team of the MoPH supported her and she recovered.

Farida one of the pilgrims said, separate hotels were allocated in Saudi Arabia for women and we had no problem and good accommodation was available. The monitoring delegation of the MoHE had regularly visited us and took care of our situation.

Shukria Kohistani

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