LAHORE Sufferings of Hajj and Umra pilgrims have once again started with the shortage of lamination paper at Directorate General of Immigration & Passport Islamabad, due to which delivery of passport to the applicants is being delayed by one to two months, applicants gathered at a regional passport office said on Saturday. A senior officer of passport office, Garden Town said that a number of applicants seeking preparation of passport had been doubled after the start of Umra and Hajj applications, Cricket World Cup and declaration of passport as mandatory for the admission of A-Level and O-Level classes. Why the shortage of lamination paper is occurred every year before the start of Hajj and Umra season in Pakistan, an angry staff member of passport office said seeking anonymity and added that what the Auqaf Ministry was doing in Islamabad. At present most of the applicants who visit passport offices include people who are intended to perform Hajj or Umra but they are not getting their passport prepared within due dates, assistant director passport office Garden Town, Mubashir Ahmad Tirmizi said when contacted. He said that normally 300 to 400 applicants visit passport office but nowadays about 600 people were visiting and everyone have the same issue that he has to travel on such and such date but his passport was not ready. Delivery time for a normal passport is after 15 days and passport prepared under urgent fees if supposed to be delivered within five to six days but due to the shortage of elimination paper at head office normal passport is being delivered with the delay of one and a half month. A person sitting inside passport office said that in India, government facilitate the Hajj and Umra pilgrims and offer them cheap packages for the same. While in Pakistan, which is a pure Muslim state, Hajj and Umra pilgrims are being treated very cruelly and are being looted by the government officers with both hands.