ISLAMABAD - Five dead bodies of the PIA plane crash victims including dead body of Junaid Jamshed were handed over to the families on Wednesday. While so far 14 dead bodies have been identified through DNA test.

Funeral prayers of 13 victims were offered at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where a large number of people including families of the victims were present.

However, brother of Junaid Jamshed refused to bring the body of the deceased to PIMS and shifted it to Chaklala Airport from Rawat cold storage, where the dead body was sent to Karachi on C-130 aircraft arranged by the government.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, PIMS administration and staff from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) were present in the hospital to receive the dead bodies.

On this occasion, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that total 34 dead bodies have been identified so far and 11 had been handed over to their families initially identified by teeth history and other belongings.

He said 14 dead bodies have been identified and five have been handed over to the families today were identified by DNA test from different laboratories.

According to the minister seven more dead bodies will arrive next day and the entire process of identification of remaining 13 dead bodies will take two more days.

“It was very difficult to identify the dead bodies from their faces, so the hospital administration decided to take samples to match the identification,” he said.

The minister stated that initially forensic labs told the administration that identification process through DNA will take 6 to 8 days, but due to their hard work the process completed in just four days.

“All available modern techniques were used for the identification of dead bodies through DNA,” he said.

He also said that family of Junaid Jamshed decided to shift the body directly to Karachi; his funeral prayer was arranged at Chaklala Airbase where he was also given guard of honour.

“PIA and Pakistan Air Force will help the families of victims to shift the dead bodies in every corner of the country,” he said.

He also said that PIA has announced the compensation of Rs 5.5 million to each family of the victim however; government has not decided any relief yet.

Replying to a query, the minister stated that all the 14 dead bodies including Junaid Jamshed were identified after DNA test confirmation reports.

He said PIMS and other hospitals of the federal were not having the capacity to take dead bodies in mortuaries so the administration decided to shift all dead bodies under single roof at Rawat cold storage. He also said that all national and international agencies are investigating the cause behind this air crash and the responsible will be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, families of the victims and people from different walks of life had to wait for hours to participate in the funeral ceremony which caused frustration and uncertainty amongst them.

Shafqat Ali amongst other from Chitral who reached PIMS to receive dead bodies also complained about mismanagement and lack of coordination between PIMS administration and PIA.

“I reached here after getting information that 30 dead bodies are being handed over today, but my uncle’s name is not included in the list,” he said.

Another person who’s brother Attique Mohammad lost his life in the tragic incident complained about mismanaged arrangement for funeral where they had to wait in ground all day long.

Later sources also told The Nation that wrong numbers of dead bodies were allotted to the families which caused trouble and disturbance for families.

According to the list available to The Nation, dead bodies of Akbar Ali, Akhtar Mehmoodd, Amar Shoukat, Ateeq Mohammad, Gohar Ali, Ali Ikram, Ahmad Janjua, Muhammad Khalid Masood,Mohammad Khawar Sohai, Muhammad Noman Shafique, Nisar-ud-Din, Taimoor Arshad, Umrah Khan and Junaid Jamshed were handed over to their relatives.