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Hinglaj Devi, Pakistan’s most important Hindu yatra site

Dr Jürgen Schaflechner on its importance for Hindus beyond Pakistan

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April 23, 2019

 

Hinglaj Devi, Pakistan’s most important Hindu yatra site

Dr Jürgen Schaflechner on its importance for Hindus beyond Pakistan

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April 1, 2019

 

More than two million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

This year, the Saudis have launched a “smart hajj” initiative, with apps to help pilgrims with everything from travel plans to medical care

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August 20, 2018

 

From Lahore to KSA: Cyclist aims to promote soft image of Pakistan

  Reported by Mehar Imran MULTAN: Mohammad Irfan aims to promote a soft image of Pakistan by cycling all the way to Saudi Arabia–where he will perform Hajj.  Clad in a green shirt with Pakistan written all over it and on a cycle decorated with the country’s flag, Mohammad Irfan is all set to promote…

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April 14, 2018

 

PM Abbasi issues directives for Hajj policy 2018

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to immediately convene a meeting for early finalization of policy options for Hajj 2018. Addressing a meeting on Hajj policy in Islamabad, he said after approval from the Cabinet, the process of inviting applications for Hajj should be started as soon as…

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November 16, 2017

 

Fire breaks out in 15-storey Makkah hotel accommodating pilgrims

JEDDAH: Six hundred Turkish and Yemeni pilgrims survived a fire that broke out in a hotel in Makkah’s Al-Aziziyah neighborhood after they were evacuated by emergency response teams, Saudi state news agency SPA reported Monday. Official spokesperson for the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah Maj Nayef Al-Sharif said, “Flames were coming from a…

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August 21, 2017

 

SMS service for Hajj pilgrims introduced to protect them from fraud

NEWS DESK: The Ministry of Religious Affairs has started an SMS service for Hajj pilgrims to protect them from fraudulent unauthorised and bogus Hajj tour operators, reported Radio Pakistan. In a statement, the spokesperson of the ministry said details about tour operators could be obtained by sending an SMS containing the first four digits of…

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July 20, 2017

 

Saudi plans tripling of Umrah visas: reports

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is planning to triple the number of visas it issues for Umrah, reports said on Monday, less than three weeks after a deadly Hajj stampede. The Saudi Gazette and Okaz newspapers quoted Hajj Minister Bandar al-Hajjar as saying that as many as 1.25 million pilgrims are expected to arrive each month starting…

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October 12, 2015

 

Family awaiting Khalid’s safe return

Khalid Rumani went to perform Hajj from Faisalabad but he is still unaccounted for even after the lapse of five days. His family members are immensely disturbed.

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September 30, 2015

 

Death toll of Pakistani pilgrims rises to 45

ISLAMABAD: Death toll of Pakistani pilgrims in Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia during Hajj has reached 45, Pakistan Television reported Tuesday. Quoting Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, the channel reported that 53 Pakistani are still missing. The minister however said, all out efforts are being made to find all the missing Pakistanis as…

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September 29, 2015

 

Sore queries linger five days on

Despite the repeated claims by the officials in Pakistan and Saudi Arab, the actual death of Mina stampede is still unknown. The members of pilgrims’ families are inconsiderably distressed about the impending reports. Watch this report on the saga of pain.

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September 29, 2015

 

Okara’s Yousuf, Kohat’s Pari go missing

Okara’s Muhammed and Kohat’s 55-year Bas Pari Jaan are among the missing as a result of sanguineous stampede at Mina as the Hajj rituals were near conclusion. The members of their families are on tenterhooks unable to take rest. Watch this heart-touching report.

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September 29, 2015

 

Where is Lyari’s Ghani after Mina mishap?

Abdul Ghani who hails from Lyari area of Karachi is among the missing after Mina stampede. Each and every passing moment is agonizingly heavy on his family members. Shehla Mehmood reports.

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September 29, 2015

 

Biometric verification of Mina martyrs begins

KARACHI: The process regarding the biometric verification of Mina martyrs has been initiated, as Saudi officials have begun taking fingerprints from the bodies. The data of fingerprints from the martyrs’ bodies will be matched with those present at the central data. The finalized list of martyrs will be compiled according to their respective nationalities only after…

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September 29, 2015

 

Amjad Sabri prays for Mina’s Pakistani victims

Renowned qawwal and Naat-Khawan Amjad Sabri expressed deep emotions for the deceased and the missing people of Mina tragedy. He prayed for them.

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September 29, 2015

 

Mother wails for missing Bushra

Karachi’s 27-year Bushra is missing ever since Mina stampede. Her mother cannot help but shed tears down her cheeks.

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September 29, 2015

 

Mina martyrs being identified: Saudi govt

Saudi interior ministry said the process to indentify the martyrs of Mina stampede tragedy is in progress. He said fool-proof security arrangements were in place from Muzdalifa to Mina; but, some people did not abide by the rules.

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September 25, 2015

 

Critics question Saudi safety focus after hajj tragedy

DUBAI: The worst disaster in 25 years at the annual hajj pilgrimage has left critics questioning the Saudi government’s attention to safety, despite billions of dollars invested in improving conditions. A stampede on Thursday killed more than 700 people during a stoning ritual attended by hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims from around the world….

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September 25, 2015

 

MERS free Umrah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported 10 confirmed new cases of a deadly respiratory disease during Islam's fasting month of Ramadan, and subsequent Eid al-Fitra holiday, after fears that an influx of pilgrims over the period might spread the infection more widely. Notices of any new confirmed cases are published at the end of every day by…

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August 4, 2014

 

Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan

AMMAN: Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself. The Vatican has billed Francis' first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a “pilgrimage of prayer,” saying…

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May 24, 2014

 

Car bomb in Iraq kills 14 Shiite pilgrimage

BAGHDAD: A car bomb targeting a religious procession in Iraq killed at least 14 people on Saturday, the last day of a Shiite pilgrimage already hit three times in some of the deadliest violence since American troops withdrew, police said.The latest attack came after a wave of 22 coordinated explosions killed 72 pilgrims on Wednesday….

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June 16, 2012

 
 
 
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