ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister's focal person on the Mina incident and MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry Friday said that 57 Pakistani Hujjaj got martyred in the Mina tragedy while another 100 were still missing. Addressing a press conference, he said the figure of missing Pakistani Hujjaj had mounted after the number of overseas Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia and living in other countries were added to the list. Giving the break-up, he said, among the missing Pakistani pilgrims 49 were those who went to perform the religious obligation under the haj visa; 10 were overseas Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia and 41 were from other countries.

Dr Tariq said that 26 martyred Pakistanis had been buried in Saudi Arabia as the heirs of 31 others were still being searched. Moreover, the heirs of 10 martyred had so far desired to bring back the bodies to Pakistan.

He said that 12 injured Pakistani pilgrims were admitted to different hospitals in Makkah and Jeddah, who are being looked after by a team of Pakistani doctors, whereas 37 others had been discharged after the treatment. "Pictures of all martyred Pakistani pilgrims are being brought to Pakistan for identification and to trace their heirs," he added.

The Khadim-e-Harmain Sharifain, Dr Tariq said, had appointed two focal persons each in Jeddah and Makkah to collaborate with the Pakistani authorities and help in tracing out the missing Pakistanis.

He said that Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yusuf held a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, who assured allout support to locate the missing Pakistanis. Meanwhile, Foreign Office spokesperson said that 26 Pakistani Pilgrims have been buried so far while 12 injured are under treatment in different hospitals of Mina, Jeddah and Makkah Mukarma.

He said the Pakistan Embassy and Director General Hajj are engaged in collecting information regarding the missing pilgrims.

In another development, the Saudi Ambassador has said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has ordered probe of the matter and the results would be announced once completed. He stated this while talking to Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani during a meeting here yesterday.

The ambassador said that it is not in the interest of finding the truth, to listen to the malicious rumours or being behind speculations by persons that are not aware of facts and only aim at misleading the public opinion.

The ambassador explained the facilities undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for smooth performance of the Hajj rituals by all Muslims which are acclaimed by all those had availed pilgrimage in the previous years and this year.