PIA Flight Leaves Islamabad Airport Without Hajj Pilgrims and Saudi Nationals

A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-947 departed from Islamabad International Airport for Saudi Arabia on Sunday, leaving behind 24 pilgrims and 14 Saudi nationals.

The stranded pilgrims staged a protest at the airport, and PIA’s spokesperson stated that the incident had occurred because of the pilgrims’ visa issues.

The spokesperson explained that the 24 pilgrims had not been allowed to board the flight because they did not have their visas. PIA sources added that they had received their visas at 7 PM on 4 July and boarding had closed at 5 PM on 3 July.

14 Saudi nationals had been unable to reach the airport in time for the flight because of heavy rainfall.

The flight was also delayed for two hours due to these issues but it had to take off on account of Saudi permit time limitations, the sources added.

The pilgrims claimed on Monday that they had been waiting for a day to get their visa and other issues resolved but neither PIA nor the Ministry of Religious Affairs addressed their concerns.

Reports further clarified that the pilgrims’ predicament can only be resolved with the government’s permission.


  • So what is the logic in this post. If they have any issue in visa, or did not arrive at time, it is normal. They are not allowed to board.

    • So who was responsible for arranging visa on time..?? pilgrims?? Who is responsible for their emotional and financial loss as it was “hajj flight” not normal flight..what pia did was right..what happened was not right..who will take responsibility for their loss especially norms and values related to hajj

  • SO WHATS THE ISSUE ? VERY GOOD THAT THE FLIGHT LEFT ON TIME. A LESSON FOR PEOPLE TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN ORDER. AND IF SOMEINE COULD NOT MAKE IT TO THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF RAIN ITS THEIR PROBLEM. THIS HAPPENS DAILY IN EVERY COUNTRY. WHY MAKE A FUSS OF EVERYTHING UNNECESSARILY ?

    • Their visa arrived a day later how was it their fault? It was not in their hands so why comment negatively?

  • This is exactly what should happen to such people. Rules are Rules and they are the same for everyone, which ALOT of Pakistani’s do not understand. Anyone who disagrees is basically a self absorbed jerk.

    • How is it their fault if the visas came a day later? Was the arriving of visa upto them?

  • If passengers have issues of VISA or they are unable to reach the airport on time (even 2 hours delay). then it is 100% passengers fault.

    Although i am deeply saddened to know about the passengers’ loss, but they are at fault. and are bow crying over the spilt milk.

  • So it’s their fault they got their visa a day later? I don’t know if it’s to late for these people to make it to Saudi Arab so they too can perform Hajj but if they can not then May ALLAH ACCEPT their efforts to perform Hajj,sometimes intention can be more LOVED BY ALLAH then the actual act itself,so whoever was not able to make it please don’t despair,your intention To Perform Hajj won’t go in vain IN SHA ALLAH,have patience ❤ ALLAH IS MERCIFUL and its not your fault if the visas arrived a day later


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