ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Officials on Sunday confirmed the deaths of more than 30 Pakistanis in the Hajj stampede in Mina four days ago which left nearly as many Pakistani pilgrims injured in the tragic incident, reported Express Tribune.
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Pakistan’s Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yousuf told a news conference in Saudi Arabia that 36 Pakistanis had died during the stampede in Mina.
The total death toll from the stampede rose to 769 as the annual pilgrimage in Makkah ended under reinforced security measures.
Unconfirmed media reports suggested that over 300 Pakistani pilgrims were still unaccounted for. But the Hajj authorities refused to give a figure. The religious affairs minister claimed that 161 of the Pakistanis reported missing had returned to their hotels.
List of deceased Hajis’ names
The religious affairs ministry identified the deceased as:
Hafsa Shoaib, Zareen Nasim, Narjis Shahnaz, Bibi Zainab, Mahmood Arshad, Rasheedan Bibi, Zahid Gul, Dr Ameer Ali Lashari, Syed Asad Murtaza Gilani, Abdul Rehman and his wife Shehnaz Qamar from Kot Addu, Islam Ahmad, Bushra Bibi, Muhammad Hasrat, Azeem Khan, Muhammad Idrees, Aamir Muhammad Malook, Gul Shahnaz, Najma Mukhtar, Noor Muhammad, Muhammad Aslam, Madina Bibi, Tauseef Iftikhar from Rahim Yar Khan, Muhammad Ismail Khan, Bibi Zara, Abdul Ahad, Haji Abbas Khan, Talmeez Ahmed, Siraj Ahmed Siraj, Mian Muhammad Riaz, Aziz Mai, Bibi Shakira, Arif, Asif Khan, Ibrahim Khan and Asad Khan.