PESHAWAR, 5 October: The death toll of Pakistani pilgrims in the Mina stampede during Hajj has mounted to 76.
The website of the Ministry of Religious affairs has so far confirmed the death of 29 pilgrims. However, information about the death of 47 more pilgrims has also been received. The ministry says 60 Pakistani pilgrims are still missing and search is being continuing for them at hospitals and other places. The website of the ministry says 40 out of total 47 injured Pakistani pilgrims have been discharged from hospitals after getting treatment and seven are still under treatment.
According to the Saudi government, 769 pilgrims died and about 1,000 others sustained injuries during stampede at Mina near Makkah during the ritual of hurling pebbles at three large pillars symbolising the Shaitan (devil) at the Hajj. The Saudi authorities are investigating the tragic incident. On the other hand, Iran alleged that the number of deaths and injuries was much higher and asked the Saudi government to apologise over inadequate arrangements during Hajj. The Saudi government has rejected these allegations.