Makkah Crane Incident Injured 47 Pakistani Pilgrims - FO Confirmed
RIYADH: At least 47 Pakistani pilgrims were in injured in Makkah’s Grand Mosque accident which caused at least 107 pilgrims to lose their lives, Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalillulah confirmed on Saturday.
“Out of the 47 injured Pakistani pilgrims, 22 are under treatment in various hospitals, while 25 others received minor injuries and were discharged after treatment,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf told Radio Pakistan, that out of the 22 injured, seven are in critical condition.
“We are in constant contact with the Saudi authorities and we have been informed that Pakistani doctors are also providing medical aid to the injured,” he said.
Hajj will go ahead after deadly crane collapse: Saudi official
This year’s Hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque of Makkah, a Saudi official told AFP on Saturday.
“It definitely will not affect the hajj this season and the affected part will probably be fixed in a few days,” said the official, who declined to be named.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has extended all possible help to the kingdom, directing its ambassador in Riyadh to visit patients in hospitals.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed his deep condolences over the unfortunate incident, Radio Pakistan reported.
Nearly 100,000 Pakistanis are in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj.
Religious affairs ministry emergency cell
The Ministry for Religious Affairs, which oversees hajj arrangements, has formed an emergency cell which people can contact to get information about their relatives.
People can call the cell in Lahore at: 042-111725425, or they can call the liaison in Saudi Arabia on: 8001166622.
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