ISLAMABAD: The number of Pakistani pilgrims killed in the stampede at Mina near the holy city of Makkah has risen to 57, the Ministry of Religious Affairs confirmed on Friday.
In a list published on its website, the ministry released the names and details of the 57 Pakistanis confirmed by Saudi authorities, officials and family members to have been killed and at least 49 Pakistanis injured in the stampede – the worst disaster to strike the annual Haj pilgrimage in 25 years.
The list of 57 Pakistanis includes 26 pilgrims whose deaths have been officially verified by Saudi authorities, and 31 people whose deaths were reported by relatives and eyewitnesses.
Around 102 Pakistani nationals are still believed to be missing since the disaster.
At least 717 pilgrims were killed last week in a stampede at Mina, outside Makkah where more than two million people were performing Haj.
It was reported that pilgrims had been flocking to Jamarat site to throw pebbles at grand Jamarat Aqaba when there was a sudden increase in number of pilgrims heading towards Jamarat facility.
Security men and Saudi Red Crescent Authority’s personnel had rushed to the site to control the situation, and took immediate procedures to rescue and save the pilgrims.