MAKKAH - Twenty-five lacs pilgrims have performed Hajj in Makkah.
Radio Pakistan Correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports from Makkah that five-day Hajj rituals concluded in Makkah today.
On the last day, pilgrims performed the ritual of throwing seven pebbles each on three pillars resembling the Devils. Then they left Mina before sunset and returned to their residential buildings, after spending two nights there. They performed this ritual easily and comfortably due to the new organization of the Jamarat area and the plan of dispatching pilgrims in groups to the Jamarat facility. Now, the Hujjaj will perform Tawaf-e-Wida before leaving for their respective countries.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, in a statement, congratulated pilgrims on completion of Hajj with ease, tranquility and safety. He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and Governor of Makkah for making excellent arrangements.
Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said 47 Makatib were selected for this year's Hajj and complaints were received about two of them. He said the government of Pakistan has asked the South Asia Establishment for taking strict action against the said Makatib.
He said 72 ailing Pakistani pilgrims were given the facility of ambulance to perform Hajj rituals.
Over 18,55,029 pilgrims came from across the world, while 6,34,379 were internal Hujjaj. Out of the total pilgrims 13,85,234 were male, while 11,04,172 women performed the Hajj . This year 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims performed Hajj .