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Pakistani Haj pilgrims. – File Photo by AFP

KARACHI: A bus carrying 40 Pakistani Haj pilgrims, belonging to Sialkot, had an accident while travelling from Makkah to Madina on the morning of October 15.

This was stated in a message received from Saudi Arabia on Saturday from Director General Haj, Syed Abu Ahmad Akif.

It said that 31 intending Haj pilgrims sustained injuries and were admitted to hospitals. Their condition has been described as stable.

The place of accident is stated to be Vadi Furra, located about 120 kms short of Madina.

Upon receiving the report from a Pakistani resident in Saudi Arabia who was travelling behind the bus, the Pakistan Haj Mission immediately contacted one of the passengers in the bus on his cell phone and inquired about the condition of the pilgrims and immediately dispatched a team led by Deputy Director Haj from Madina.

The team comprised doctors of the Haj Medical Mission including two surgical specialists. All the injured were shifted to various hospitals, all of them were in stable condition and will shortly be shifted to Madina.