MAKKAH: Five Pakistani pilgrims who had reached to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage died in Saudi Arabia, said Pakistan Hajj Mission on Tuesday.
The mission sources said that three of the pilgrims died in Makkah and the other two died in Madinah, adding that the dead included four men and a woman.
The deceased identified as Fazal Ali belonging to Swat, Hafiz Mohammad Siddique (Lahore), Syed Khair Mohammad (Pishin) were buried in Sharia graveyard in Makkah, sources said.
Two pilgrims, Najam Al-Nisa from Karachi and Aladdin from South Waziristan, were buried in Jabal Uhud Cemetery in Madinah, sources added.
The sources said that all the five pilgrims died at different times and were buried in the local cemetery in Makkah and Madina after the funeral prayers.
More than 42,000 Pakistani pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage since the start of a special flight operation on June 6, the Ministry of Religious Affairs said on Monday.
Pakistan has been allotted a quota of 81,132 pilgrims for this year’s Hajj, with 32,000 people using a government scheme and 48,000 travelling through private operators.
Earlier in the day, Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs Alamgir Khan visited Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia and reviewed the facilities being provided to Hajj pilgrims by the Pakistan Hajj mission, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday.
The joint secretary directed the mission to ensure the timely departure of Hajj pilgrims to Makkah after their arrival at Jeddah Airport.
Alamgir Khan directed to provide all possible facilities to the intended pilgrims without any delay.
The joint secretary also met Hajj pilgrims coming from Pakistan and asked about the services being provided by Hajj seasonal staff of the ministry at the airport.