Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Assures Chairman Senate for Fair Findings of Mina Incident

By Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah M. Al-Zahrani assured the  Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani that the findings of probe into Mina stampede would be made public. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Sulman has ordered all-inclusive probe of the matter and results would be announced once completed. He was Talking to Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani on Friday in the Parliament House.

On the occasion Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani expressed full faith and confidence that Saudi Arabian government would attend the issues of pilgrims who are injured or missing on priority basis, and will also facilitate the families of victims who lost their lives in Mina stampede. He also expressed deep sense of grief over the tragic incident at Mina during Haj, especially for the Pakistani pilgrim victims who died or were injured or are still missing.

The ambassador Abdullah M. Al-Zahrani said it was not in the interest of the truth, to listen to the malicious rumours and speculations by persons who are not aware of facts and only aim at misleading the public opinion. He told Raza Rabbani about the facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for smooth performance of Hajj by all pilgrims in the previous years and this year. “These countless efforts cannot be depreciated by those who want to exploit this incidence for political purposes.”

The stampede at Mina had led to martyrdom of 769 pilgrims from different  nationalities including over 40 Pakistani nationals. Both  ambassador Abdullah M. Al-Zahrani and Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani prayed to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and forbearance to families to endure this loss. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. He reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided all facilities to  the governments of relevant countries to identify their martyrs and assure the well-being of injured.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani highlighted the deep rooted historical, cultural religious and strategic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. During the meeting they reviewed bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction about improvement of these strong brotherly relations.

The Senate chairman while extending invitation to the head of Saudi Shoora to visit Pakistan as special guest to the country’s Senate and stressed upon the need of such visits from parliamentarians and dignitaries from both sides. Rabbani further proposed that the visit of Saudi Shoora head may be scheduled during the days when Senate of Pakistan is in session.

It is reminded  that that Rabbani has already written letters to the Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and PM’s adviser Sartaj Aziz to come and brief the Upper House over the Mina stampede and the issues faced by Pakistani pilgrims in the aftermath of the incident during the Senate session commencing on October 5.

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