Ministry of Religious Affairs launches SMS service for Hajj pilgrims
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Sunday launched an SMS service for the help of intending Hajj pilgrims to verify authenticity of private tour operators.
The SMS service 8331 will provide details about any private Hajj tour operator and save people from being cheated in the name of cheap Hajj services.
According to the Hajj Ministry there were around 798 private tour operators who were authorized for sending pilgrims on Hajj.
The ministry had also launched five apps for facilitation of Hujjaj.
These five apps provide guidelines about performance of Hajj, location guidance at Mina and relevant supplications.
Hujjaj could easily download these apps on both android and apple phones and benefit from guidance provided in them.
The national flag-carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has started preparations for special flight operations for Hajj pilgrims.
PIA will operate Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft during the phase-wise operations to facilitate 65,000 pilgrims in 300 special and scheduled flights.
The flights will be operated from major cities including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Sukkur and Quetta.
The national flag-carrier has set Rs100,000 fares per person for flights from Sindh and Balochistan and Rs110,000 from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).