At least 42 Pakistani pilgrims have died during this year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, according to figures provided by the Pakistani government.

Most of the deaths have occurred due to suffocation or road accidents. Last year, 108 Pakistani pilgrims had died during Hajj, showing an 80 per cent decline in deaths this year.

According to officials from the Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Ministry, of this year’s fatalities, 30 were male and 12 female - belonging to different cities of Pakistan, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, DG Khan, Hyderabad, Karachi, Kohat, Faisalabad, Attock, Khairpur, Malakand and Kasur.

These deceased pilgrims were buried in Sharaya, Jannatul Baqi and Arafat graveyards. ‘I am born once again’: Pilgrims pray and give praise as Hajj ends

According to the breakdown, 25 pilgrims died in Makkah, seven in Madina, five in Mina, and four in Arafat. The deceased pilgrims were aged between early 40s and late 80s.

A female Pakistani pilgrim who had suffered a brain hemorrhage was shifted to Shah Abdullah Medical City where she is listed in a critical condition.