ISLAMABAD: A total number of 529,000 pilgrims among them 5297 Pakistanis have yet reached in Makkah and Madina to perform Hajj this year.

Saudi media quoting the General Directorate of Passports announced that approximately 528,846 pilgrims have been arrived yet. This is an increase of 65,550 pilgrims compared to the same period last year, a rise of 14 per cent.

The Directorate pointed out that the number of pilgrims arriving by air amounted to 524,234, while the number of arrivals by land was 4,612. The Kingdom started welcoming Muslims who are travelling to perform the Hajj on July 24. The Hajj related activities will begin at the end of August.

The media reports further said that atleast seven Pakistan Hajj pilgrims among them two women died after reaching there. Those died include, Shani, Abid Hussain Khan, Muhammad Hafiz-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Tanzeem, Farid Khan, Zeent Khatoon and Atta Muhammad. The deceased intending Hajj pilgrims belong to Peshawar, Mianwali, Karachi, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Sargodha and Dere Ghazi Khan.