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Hajj 2016: 29 Pakistani pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A total of 29 intending pilgrims of Pakistan have so far died natural death in Saudi Arabia during Hajj 2016, Director General Hajj Sajid Yousfani said. 

Briefing Hajj Advisory Committee (HAC) in Makkah Mukarma, he said the contingent of 1635 muavineen and 432 medical mission has been deployed in Saudi Arabia to serve intending pilgrims.

He said a total of 30 Maktab have been set up for Pakistan pilgrims this year.

Intending pilgrims are being provided sandwich, juices and water on arrival at Jeddah or Makkah airport. Pilgrims are being provided blanket, pillow and carpet for rest as gift.

This year 421 busses were arranged for providing transport facilities to pilgrims, said a message received here.

The meeting was chaired by Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf. The committee is mandated to review Hajj arrangements in Saudi Arabia.

State Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Amin ul Hasnat Shah, Secretary Sohail Aamir, Director General Hajj Syed Imtiaz Shah and Pakistan ambassador in Saudi Arabia  Manzoor-ul-Haq attended the meeting. – APP