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Hajj 2024: Death toll of Pakistani pilgrims climbs to 58

07:01 PM | 21 Jun, 2024
Hajj 2024: Death toll of Pakistani pilgrims climbs to 58

RIYADH - As many as 58 Pakistani pilgrims lost their lives during the annual hajj pilgrimage this year, revlead AFP on Thursday

The extreme heat led to the death of over 1,000 Muslims from across the globe as the holy kingdom braced scorching heat. The death toll climbed a day after the director general of Pakistan’s Hajj Mission, Abdul Wahab Soomro, confirmed that 35 Pakistani citizens had died.

According to the official, 20 Pakistani pilgrims had died in Makkah, six in Madina, four in Mina, three in Arafat, and two in Muzdalifah. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony dismissed the allegations that pilgrims were abandoned.

The death of Pakistani pilgrims shocked many as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed sorrow over the death of the pilgrims while praying for the patience and strength for the bereaved families of the deceased.

The premier also directed that arrangements should be made to transport the bodies of the deceased pilgrims to Pakistan. The prime minister also instructed that all medical facilities must be ensured for the pilgrims admitted to hospitals. 

As far as the statistics are concerned, overall, around 10 countries have reported 1,081 deaths during the pilgrimage though official figures from the Saudi government are still awaited.

The temperature in the holy kingdom has risen to an unbearable level as the National Meteorological Centre in Saudi Arabia reported 51.8 degrees Celsius this week at Makkah’s Grand Mosque.

It is to be highlighted that many of the deaths occurred due to unregistered pilgrims who could not access air-conditioned spaces. They were also chased by security forces leaving them with no option than to bear the heat which ultimately led to their death.

Pakistan had a quota of around 179,000 for the annual Hajj this year. The post-hajj flight operation has already started and will continue for several weeks.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 20 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 20, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.85 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.70.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.35 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.85 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.7 74.42
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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