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90,000 Hajj pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Overall 90,000 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia so far for performing Hajj rituals this year, ARY News reported on Monday.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony’s spokesperson said that 64,000 pilgrims are from government scheme and 26,000 under the private scheme have reached the Holy Land.

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While detailing the facilities being provided to the pilgrims, the spokesperson said that 154 officers and others including 389 doctors, nurses and paramedical staff members are performing duties in Saudi Arabia.

350 assistants and 750 local servants have been appointed by the ministry, whereas, around 182 missing nationals were shifted to their residences.

Approximately 20,000 pilgrims were provided guidance by the Haram Guides and more than 3600 luggage bags which went missing were handed over the pilgrims.

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The officials have received 194 calls for guidance on its call centre and 150 calls for the registration of complaints.

More than 11,000 patients were given medical aid by the Hajj medical mission and 64 patients were shifted to different Saudi hospitals, whereas, at least eight deaths of pilgrims were reported including six nationals who arrived in Saudi Arabia under the government scheme and two others under the private scheme.

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