SIALKOT: One hopes that unlike the last four Hajj operations, this year things will improve as per the claims of Minister of Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah. The onus lies not only on the Ministry of Religious Affairs, but also on the airlines, which carry the pilgrims. Last year, an artificial shortage of seats on Hajj flights was created, which resulted in pilgrims being fleeced. While the airlines did not really benefit from this practice, they still could have done more to make life easier for the pilgrims.
The PPP must be more careful because this is an election year and it cannot afford any more lapses or controversies. This government already has a very poor track record vis-a-vis Hajj operations.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2012.
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