ISLAMABAD - In stark negation of the PIA management’s claims, a key document reveals that one-fourth of the PIA flights faced massive delays in the post-Haj operation that was completed on wee hours of Friday.While the top management of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) takes pride in declaring that 85 per cent of its post-Haj flights were on time, documentary evidence tells a different story altogether.Exclusively available with this journalist, detailed break-up of the PIA post-Haj (pilgrimage) flights reveals that 49 of the total 197 flights that brought 83,019 pilgrims back home saw prolonged delays. The remaining 148 flights were on time. This suggests that flight delay rate stands at 24.9 per cent while that of flight punctuality rate is counted at 75.1 per cent.However, PIA stated in its press release (Friday) that 83,000 pilgrims were brought back to Pakistan in 196 flights. Without providing any pertinent details, the press release claimed that 85 percent of its post-Haj flights were on time.According to TheNation-acquired document, 10,673 pilgrims landed in Karachi from Jeddah in 22 flights, 16 flights reached on time. As many as 17,800 pilgrims landed at Islamabad airport in 36 flights, 16 flights were delayed. Some, 16,806 pilgrims landed at Lahore airport in 34 flights but 22 flights were on time. At Peshawar airport, 13,980 pilgrims landed in 43 flights with eight delayed flights. In Quetta, 13,259 pilgrims landed in 41 flights but 35 flights were on time. As many as 1349 passengers landed in Sialkot in 12 flights with half of them delayed. Multan saw the arrival of 7008 passengers in 14 flights with one late flight. Sialkot was the only destination where 3493 passengers landed in seven flights without any delay.On November 29, the document shows, 2904 pilgrims landed in Pakistan in seven flights. Two flights brought 990 pilgrims to Lahore, one was delayed. A couple of flights also brought some 639 pilgrims to Quetta with no flight delayed. One flight each landed in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar to respectively bring 477, 480 and 318 passengers. Islamabad-bound PK 3360 from Jeddah that was scheduled to land at 3 20 pm and Lahore-bound PK 3260 that was due to land at 3 pm saw hours-long delays reportedly due to technical reasons. On the other hand, the PIA statement said, the airline’s 21 post-Haj flights brought back 10,353 pilgrims to Karachi, 17,385 through 35 flights to Islamabad, 16,783 through 34 flights to Lahore and 13,973 Hajjis to Peshawar through 43 post Haj flights. The PIA further said, it carried back 13,275 pilgrims to Quetta in 41 flights, 7006 pilgrims to Multan by 14 flights and 3491 pilgrims to Sialkot in seven post-Haj flights.When called at his cell, Managing Director (MD) PIA Captain Junaid Younas did not respond.A PIA spokesman, when approached, said that the post-flight operation data was received from all the eight stations, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Sialkot, Multan and Sukkur where the PIA post-Haj flights had landed, insisting that the airline’s official figures were ‘absolutely accurate.’ “Please don’t really on inaccurate data. We have the most accurate and authentic figures,” he claimed.The PIA press release also mentioned MD PIA as having ‘appreciated’ the airline employees for the ‘success’ of ‘smooth’ travel arrangements. Started on October 29 this year, the PIA post-Haj flights were marked with alarmingly low punctuality rate that remained slightly above 18 percent in the first week of November and up to20 percent during the last month’s first fortnight. However, with problems pertaining to ‘artificial’ shortage of manpower and traffic congestion in Jeddah causing delayed arrivals of pilgrims at the airport been partially solved, the flight punctuality rate improved.On the last month’s 23rd, this newspaper had reported that the PIA management had sent around 600 personnel to Saudi Arabia on the pretext of facilitating pilgrims but majority of these employees was enjoying vacations under a departmental scheme. The PIA’s General Manager Public Relations Syed Sultan Hassan had confirmed that the airline’s personnel were sent to Saudi Arabia “to facilitate passengers” saying their number was between 200 to 250.The strong winds ahead of winter season were also one of the major causes for delayed flights from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan. These winds reportedly died down with the change in weather, which also improved flight arrivals in time.