Death toll of Pakistani Hujjaj in Mina tragedy rises to 57


ISLAMABAD: As many as 57 identified Pakistani pilgrims are dead while 100 others still missing from the deadly stampede that occurred in Mina during Hajj on September 24, said Prime Minister’s focal person Tariq Fazl Chaudhry on Friday.


Speaking to media, he said 26 pilgrims who embraced martyrdom in the tragic incident have been laid to rest in Saudi Arabia while 12 others were recuperating in different hospitals in Makkah and Jeddah with 37 discharged after being treated for injuries.

He said out of 57 martyred Pakistanis 49 had set off for the pilgrimage after acquiring visa whereas 10 others were identified as Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia.

MNA Fazl Chaudhry said 41 Pakistani expatriates from different countries were also among the dead identified by the officials.

“More than 300 pilgrims from other countries are missing. This issue is not related to Pakistan alone instead people from across the world were performing Hajj,” said he while expressing gratitude to almighty Allah that the death toll of Pakistani pilgrims was far less than other countries.

He said despite being busy, the prime minister was in constant touch with authorities to keep himself updated with regard to the Pakistanis affected by Mina tragedy.

Earlier, the Ministry of Religious Affairs confirmed that the number of Pakistani pilgrims martyred in the stampede at Mina near the holy city of Makkah has risen to 57.

In a list published on its website, the ministry released the names and details of the 57 Pakistanis confirmed by Saudi authorities, officials and family members to have been martyred and at least 49 Pakistanis injured in the stampede the worst disaster to strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 25 years.

The list of 57 Pakistani martyrs includes 26 pilgrims whose deaths have been officially verified by Saudi authorities, and 31 martyrs whose death were reported by relatives and eyewitnesses.

Around 102 Pakistani nationals are still believed to be missing since the disaster.

The Saudi Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the death toll for the incident in Mina on Sept 24 remained at 769 people, with another 934 injured in the incident, rejecting some reports of the death toll being higher.

According to a report by a foreign news agency, hundreds of nationals of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, India and Egypt were also missing after the stampede.