ISLAMABAD -  Three more bodies of the PIA plane crash victims including Junaid Jamshed’s remains were identified on Tuesday through facial X-Ray. Officials, however, said the bodies would be handed over to the families after DNA test.

Talking to The Nation, an official of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) said that the process of identification through DNA tests would be completed by the end of this week.

The official said, “though the body of Junaid Jamshed has been identified through facial X-Ray and history of the teeth, his family has insisted on getting the body after the DNA test.”

He said that the bodies of the victims from Chitral would be sent back to their hometowns in a C-130 plane after their identification through DNA test.

“The CADD ministry will arrange a C-130 plane to send the remains back to Chitral as the PIA has, for time being, grounded ATRs and the Lowari tunnel has also been blocked due to snowfall,” he said.

The official also said that the PIA has arranged accommodation for the families of PIA plane crash victims.

Earlier, CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that 12 victims had been identified through different (used) items and their teeth.

He said that the Australian citizen was identified trough a knee transplant. The minister appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in providing best services to the victims’ families.

“The PIA has already announced Rs 0.5 million each for the victims as burial charges while further relief amount as compensation will be announced later on,” he said.

Meanwhile, PIMS Spokesperson Dr Waseem Khawaja told The Nation that a special desk has been established in the hospital for collection DNA samples and the remains would be handed over to the families of the victims after their identification.

Earlier, the body of Junaid Jamshed 's wife Neha Junaid was received by her mother at the PIMS. At least 47 passengers and crew members were killed after an ATR plane PK661 crashed near Havelian in Abbottabad on December 7.