LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the federal government to provide the exact number and related record of Pakistani pilgrims who died in the stampede in Mina, outside the holy city of Makkah on August 24 today.

The court had taken up a petition filed by a citizen Arif Idrees through Advocate Azhar Siddique. In the application, the petitioner requested the court to take action against the Hajj director general for ‘concealing facts’ about the deaths of Pakistani pilgrims in the Mina tragedy.

Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the LHC directed authorities to provide correct information regarding pilgrims who died or went missing in the Mina tragedy. The court also summoned a performance report of Hajj DG and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned until October 8.

In his application, the petitioner was of the stance that the authorities at religious affairs ministry are misleading public on the death toll and whereabouts of the missing pilgrims.

He pleaded that the Pakistan Hajj DG (Jeddah) is responsible for hiding facts allegedly to cover corruption and that his appointment is “politically motivated”.