Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims from Mumbaia

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Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai today.

A record 1,75,025 Muslims from India are going to Haj this year out of which 47 per cent are females.

For the first time, 1,308 Muslim women from India are going for Haj without ‘Mehram’ or male companion.

Mr Naqvi said this is the first year, when Haj pilgrimage is taking place without any subsidy.

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