RAWALPINDI -  The dead bodies of 11 Pakistanis, who died after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Zuwara in Libya, have been brought to Benazir Bhutto islamabad International Airport (BBIIAP) from Jeddah in an airplane, informed sources on Wednesday.

The bodies were received by Pakistan Customs Air Freight Unit at BBIIAP after the Saudi Airline flight number SV-722 landed in the capital, they said.

Director Libyan Crisis Cell Shozab Abbas, officials and officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a large number of relatives and family members of the deceased were present at the airport to receive the bodies and take them to native towns for burial, sources said.

The airport authorities along with officers and officials of MOFA handed over the dead bodies to the relatives and family members for burial. Heart moving scenes could also be witnessed at airport, they said.

The dead bodies , brought from Jeddah were identified as Ikram Ullah son of Azmat Ullah, hails from Mandi Bahauddin, Waleed Ikram son of Muhammad Ikram of Gujrat, Mirza Ghulam Farid son of Mirza Ghulam Nabi resident of Gujar Khan, Tanzeel ur Rehman son of Muhammad Younas belongs to Sialkot, Muhammad Aziz son of Abdur Rehman of Sargodha, Luqman Ali son of Shaukat Ali, Kashif Jamil son of Muhammad Jamil, Azmat Bibi wife of Muhammad Ismail, Mazhar Hussain son of Mumtaz Hussain, Farhan Ali son of Muhammad Sharif. All the deceased men hailed from Gujrat except for Muhammad Qasim son of Muhammad Amjad who was resident of Mandi Bahauddin, sources added.

Addressing the media men, Shozab Abbas, the director Libyan Crises Cell, said that total of 13 Pakistani migrants were killed in the boat sinking incident of January 13. He added that it took fifteen days to bring the dead bodies of 11 Pakistanis to their home country. MOFA bore all the travel expenses including flight and ambulances to bring the dead bodies in Pakistan and send them to their home towns for burial. “We have handed over the dead bodies to the heirs for burial,” Shozab Abbas added. He said that the migrants who opt to travel illegally to Europe are responsible for any mishap. He urged FIA and other law enforcement agencies to take stern action against the agents that send people to Europe illegally via land and sea routes. He said that the Pakistanis who reached Europe after spending thousands of rupees are also living in miserable conditions. “The human traffickers are camping in streets and roads to trap the innocent people and should be punished as per law,” said Director Libyan Crises Cell. He urged the government to provide the citizens with opportunities of livelihood so that they could not go abroad through illegal ways to earn bread and butter for their families.

 


 

ISRAR AHMED