ISLAMABAD  - The death toll in the mina stampede has reached 1100 now while the number of Pakistani pilgrims killed in mina stampede has reached 40, the prime minister’s focal person on incident revealed yesterday.
He said 35 Pakistanis got injured in the incident while 63 are said to be missing.
The pilgrims were killed in a crush at mina , outside the holy city of Makkah, where over two million people were performing the annual haj pilgrimage.
Iran also announced that a total of 226 Iranian pilgrims were killed in stampede, raising the toll from 169. The number of Iranians still missing stood at 248, and 27 were being treated for injuries, said the chief of Iran's haj organisation, Said Ohadi.
Addressing a press conference, Fazal said 40 bodies of Pakistani pilgrims had been identified so far.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was himself monitoring the situation and was in constant touch with the DG Haj as well as Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousaf.
He reiterated that all out efforts were being made to locate the missing Pakistani pilgrims, saying Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia was personally visiting all hospitals and mortuaries to find out about them.
“PM’s secretariat has the list of all missing people, which will contact their families and keep them updated,” he said. “Pakistani embassy has also uploaded pictures of all the pilgrims who lost their lives in the incident.”
Fazal said Pakistani officials including the Pakistan Embassy staff were in constant touch with the Saudi authorities and as soon as they would get some information it would be passed on to the people of Paksitan.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Rs500,000 for the families of the deceased pilgrims and Rs200,000 for those sustaining injuries, he added.
Moreover, three members each from the affected families would be sent to perform Umra on the state expense on completion of Haj operation, he added.
The focal person also announced that the injured will be provided best possible medical treatment in the country free of charge upon their return.
He said for the further facility of the families of the affected people as well as those of missing persons could approach them on the special cell established at Prime Minister’s Office and they would extend them all possible help.
Fazal said two help lines had been established by the government to facilitate the families and relatives of the victims, i.e. 042-111-725-425 for local and 800-116-622 for international callers.
Earlier, the Prime Minister who is in New York, made a telephonic call on 'Mina Helpline' to personally check the service launched for the relatives of missing Pakistani pilgrims.
He directed the officials of prime minister's office to telephone all the relatives of 63 missing pilgrims and acquaint them with the latest information. On the special instruction of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Religious Affairs Ministry has established 'Haj and mina ' Tragedy Helpline.