Bodies of 11 Pakistani migrants died in Libya boat mishap arrive in Islamabad

After completion of legal formalities, bodies were handed over to victims' families

News Desk February 14, 2018
After completion of legal formalities, bodies were handed over to victims' families. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The bodies of 11 Pakistanis who died in a boat accident in Libya on February 2 arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to a Foreign Office statement, ambassador Shah Jamal, special secretary administration, received the bodies from authorities at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

After the completion of required identification and documentation processes, the bodies were handed over to the relatives of the victims, and were transported via ambulances to their respective hometowns.

On February 2, a boat carrying the migrants had capsized off the coast of Zuwara, International Organisation for Migration spokesperson Olivia Headon told reporters in Geneva by phone from Tunis.

90 migrants, mostly Pakistanis, believed dead in shipwreck off Libya

“At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this [Feb 2] morning”, the agency added in a statement.

It also said,“16 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores”, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis.

Two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, it further added.


dubious | 6 years ago | Reply These poor souls weren't fleeing war zone - they were trying to get jobs in Europe. About time the leaders spent more time developing Pakistan than developing their own wallets.
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