Mufti grieved over loss of lives in Mina stampede

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 24: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today expressed profound grief over the death of 220 Hajjis and injuries to several hundred others in a stampede at Mina, outside the holy city of Makkah, where millions perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
In his message of condolence, the Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the bereaved families in their hour of grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also wished speedy recovery to all those Hajjis who sustained injuries in the incident.
Mufti Sayeed also prayed for safety and security of Hajj pilgrims from Jammu & Kashmir, who are in Saudi Arabia and directed the State Hajj Committee to keep their relatives informed about their safety and well being in the Holy Land.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, visited Damhal Hanjipora, to offer condolences to the bereaved family of Abdul Gani Padder, who passed away on Monday.
The deceased was the brother of Minister of State for PHE, I&FC and Forest, Abdul Majeed Padder.
Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens & Parks, Syed Altaf Bukhari and senior PDP leader, Dr. Mehboob Beg, accompanied the Chief Minister.
Paying rich tributes to late Abdul Gani Padder, Mufti Sayeed expressed solidarity with the bereaved family, in particular the son of the deceased, and prayed to Almighty Allah to give them courage to bear this personal loss.
The Chief Minister spend some time with the family members of the deceased. He also offered Fateha and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Also present where MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway and Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Dr. Abid Rasheed Shah.

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