42 Pakistani Haj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad: At least 42 Pakistani pilgrims died of various causes during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, officials from the Pakistani Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony said here.

Of the deceased, 30 were male and 12 female and they were aged between their early 40s and late 80s. Most of the deaths were caused by road accidents, Xinhua news agency quoted the officials as saying.

According to the ministry officials, 184,210 Pakistani pilgrims reached Saudi Arabia under government and private programmes to perform Haj this year.

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