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Libya boat incident: Efforts under way to bring back dead bodies of Pakistani citizens

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal has said that efforts are being made to bring back dead bodies of Pakistani citizens drowned in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.

Addressing a news briefing about the incident, he said that the tragedy happened off the coast of Zuwara on Wednesday, when a boat carrying 90 people capsized in the sea.

The Spokesperson said that 32 of total 90 people were Pakistani citizens and dead bodies of 13 Pakistani nationals have been identified. He said one Pakistan citizen has survived of the tragedy.

He said that four persons of a family were also amongst the ill-fated people. He said bodies of the husband and wife have been recovered, while only passport of their one child have been found.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the dead bodies are being kept in a cold environment for preservation purposes. He said that the dead bodies of Pakistani nationals will be first transported to Tripoli and then to Pakistan for which our mission in Libya is taking appropriate steps. He said that requisite funds have been approved in this regard. He said that the entire process can take up to seven days.

He said that identity documents of four have also been found.

The spokesperson said that those eight identified include Ikram-ul-Haque and Muammad Qasim Baigh from Mandi Bahauddin, Rehmat Khan, Muhammad Ismail, Azmat Bibi and Luqman Ali from Gujrat, Mirza Ghulam Fareed from Rawalpindi and Muhammad Aziz from Sarghdha.

He said those five identified by their friends include Muhammad Farhan and Muhammad Tanzil from Mandi Bahauddin and Kashif Jameel from Gujrat while the residency of two others Mr. Shah and Mr. Waleed is unknown.

He said that the documents of Kamran Iqbal, Zabiullah, Hamza Farooq and Saad Ali from Gujarat have been found.

The spokesperson said that Charge d’affaires at Pakistani embassy at Tripoli Muhammad Islam can be contacted for information. His contact numbers are 00218-91-9663346 and 00218-91-3402246 and WhatsApp number 0092-332-7968635.

The spokesperson appealed media to run public awareness campaign against the human smuggling in order to create awareness among the masses about the ill effects of illegal travel to other countries.

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