India, Pakistan say some 1100 killed in Saudi hajj disaster

Fazal said Pakistani officials including the Pakistan Embassy staff were in constant touch with the Saudi authorities and as soon as they would get some information it would be passed on to the people of Paksitan.


Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote on Sunday on Twitter that Saudi officials released photos of “1,090 pilgrimswho died at Mina. It is the largest Muslim gathering through the year, during which deaths among pilgrims usually occur, mostly due to sudden health crises. And if and when the Saudis undertake review of the Hajj management as promised by King Salman the governments of pilgrims’ countries too need to be reappraised of their role in this exercise. Iranian state media also have suggested that the death toll in the disaster was far higher, without providing any corroboration. “The pilgrims are in a state of trauma”.

He said the premier had also announced that the government would arrange free Umrah or Hajj for two to three family members of every deceased pilgrim.

Earlier, Iran’s Prosecutor General Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi had said if Riyadh does not punish those behind a recent crush near the holy city of Mecca.

Altogether, 419 are returning by the first flight after performing Hajj.

The immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has lost a brother, Abdulkadir Jega, to Hajj stampede.

At least 769 pilgrims were martyred in Mina stampede, the worst tragedy during the Hajj in last 25 years and the second deadly incident this month after a crane crash in Makkah’s Grand Mosque killed over 100 pilgrims.


They said the group of Iranian pilgrims waited for some time and did not move in the opposite direction.

Mina tragedy: 7 Pakistanis dead, 316 still missing