CM Urges Saudi Govt To Probe Hajj Deaths

3 October 2015
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,Saturday deeply condoled the tragic death of Hajjis in the holy city of Makkah during annual Hajj pilgrimage this year and urged the Saudi Arabian government to institute a credible and impartial inquiry to ascertain the causes that led to fatal Mina stampede and the crane crash, outside the Grand Masjid. The Chief Minister was speaking during the Obituary References in both Houses of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature today. Given the magnitude of death toll in Mina stampede and crane crash incident, Mufti Sayeed said a credible and transparent inquiry is required to be held to put all blame games and speculations at rest. 'Despite state-of-the-art and modern facilities available in Saudi Arabia, it is unfathomable that such lapses could have occurred. It has become necessary to take all corrective measures so that such incidents do not occur in future,' he stressed. Placing high priority on making fool-proof arrangements to avoid such lapses in future, the Chief Minister said the anxiety persists amongst several relatives whose loved ones are still missing even after 10 days of Mina stampede. He said he too was restive as his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, was also in Saudi Arabia as head of the Indian Goodwill delegation. 'I hope in future all necessary arrangements are put in place to ensure safety and security of the Hajjis there,' he stated. Describing death as predestined and inevitable, Mufti Sayeed expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of those who died in the two tragic incidents. 'I pray to Almighty Allah to grant a place in Jannah to all those who passed away during the Hajj pilgrimage this year,' he said.