ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has said there was no Pakistani among those killed in a stampede in Karbala.
In a statement, the spokesperson said Pakistan Embassy Camp Office in Karbala was closely monitoring the situation.
The spokesperson extended sincere condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“We offer our profound condolences over the loss of so many precious lives in the stampede in Karbala. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.
“We also pray for the speediest recovery of the scores of pilgrims injured in the incident. Pakistan Embassy Camp Office in Karbala is closely monitoring the situation. As per available information, Pakistani Zaireen are safe,” Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.
At least 31 pilgrims were killed on Tuesday in a stampede in Karbala, Iraq, where Shia pilgrims were observing the day of Ashura, the Iraqi health ministry had said.
Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr had said the toll could rise even further, as another 100 people were injured including 10 in serious condition.
It is the deadliest stampede in recent history during Ashura. Shia pilgrims from around the world stream in Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussein (RA) — Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) grandson.
After usurping all basic rights and freedoms of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, India also banned Muharram processions in the territory.
Since abrogation of special status of occupied Kashmir on August 5, the Indian authorities have also not allowed Jumma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid.
The world remembers 10th Muharram for the “Battle of Karbala” and mourns for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) grand son Hazrat Hussain (RA) death. Yazid had martyred Imam Hussain and seventy-two of his companions including his six month old son Ali Asghar, and that their women and children were taken as prisoners to Syria. Apart from this, there are many Prophetic events of great historical importance which happened on 10th of Muharram.