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Pakistan announces number of pilgrims died during Hajj

The Ministry emphasized that they are notified of any Hajj-related deaths
Photo via Reuters
Photo via Reuters

Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has confirmed that 35 Pakistanis have passed away during the ongoing Hajj. The ministry has also asked citizens to ignore ‘rumours’ circulating on social media about the casualty figures.

A large number of Hajj pilgrims died of heat this season with news agency AFP putting the number at 577 on Wednesday. Earlier reports claimed over 1500 had died.

Pakistani ministry issued a statement on Wednesday urging the public to rely on credible sources for accurate information regarding the Hajj pilgrimage, amidst concerns about the spread of fake news on social media.

The ministry specifically addressed baseless rumors circulating on social media regarding the welfare of Pakistani pilgrims, particularly allegations of abandonment during the Mina encampment. Director General (DG) Hajj, Abdul Wahab Soomro, has categorically denied these claims, stating that the Ministry relies on information provided by the Saudi government, which they subsequently verify.

Soomro confirmed that as of 4 PM on June 18th, nine Pakistani pilgrims had passed away during Hajj, with four deaths occurring in Mina, three in Arafat, and two in Muzdalifah. He attributed the challenging conditions to the extreme heat, with temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius.

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The Ministry emphasized that they are notified of any Hajj-related deaths and that the Saudi government has a well-established system for handling such situations.

Families are contacted to obtain permission for burial, followed by a ritual washing and funeral prayer at the Holy Mosques.

The bodies can also be transported back to Pakistan upon the family’s request, with the Saudi government cooperating in these arrangements.

The ministry continues to urge the public to avoid spreading misinformation and to rely on official sources for accurate information regarding the Hajj pilgrimage.

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