Mina stampede: Martyred Pakistani pilgrims toll reaches 87

ISLAMABAD: The toll of Pakistani pilgrims martyred in the Mina stampede had reached 87 with 45 still missing, official data released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs said on Wednesday. According to the updated figure available at the ministry’s website, out of the total martyrs, 40 were officially verified by the Saudi authorities and 47 others were reported by eyewitnesses and relatives.

Among the missing Pakistani pilgrims, seven were those who went to perform the religious obligation under the government scheme, 12 were of private scheme, while 10 were overseas Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia and 16 were from other countries. Six injured Pakistani pilgrims were admitted to different hospitals in Makkah and Jeddah. The ministry, in collaboration with the Saudi authorities, had traced out 309 missing Pakistanis and reunited them with their families.

The ministry sources said that Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf would stay in Saudi Arabia as per the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif till the recovery of last missing Pakistani. The government, they said, had announced Rs 500,000 and Rs 200,000 compensation to heirs of each martyr and injured respectively.

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