The our bodies of 4 Pakistanis who have been among the many a whole lot who perished in June in an unprecedented tragedy off the coast of Greece have been introduced dwelling
ISLAMABAD — The our bodies of 4 Pakistanis who have been among the many a whole lot who perished when a migrant vessel sank final month in one of many deadliest shipwrecks within the central Mediterranean Sea have been introduced dwelling on Friday, officers stated.
The 4 have been the primary Pakistani casualties to be recognized by means of DNA testing from the June 14 sinking off the coast of Greece. The vessel was carrying an estimated 700 migrants, together with about 350 Pakistanis. Solely 104 folks, together with 12 Pakistanis, have been rescued.
Picket caskets carrying the stays of the 4 have been taken off two flights on the airport within the Pakistani capital on Friday and handed over to their households in Islamabad and the japanese metropolis of Lahore, Overseas Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch advised reporters.
She stated extra stays of Pakistanis are anticipated to comply with quickly.
The tragedy surprised Pakistan, and households and kin of those that died have since been ready to obtain their our bodies to bury them at dwelling.
The federal government has additionally launched a crackdown on the human traffickers who organized journey for the Pakistanis on the fishing boat, lots of whom have been in search of jobs in Europe. Thus far, Pakistani police have arrested no less than 17 suspected traffickers in reference to the case.
Officers say the victims paid the smugglers between $5,000 and $8,000 for the voyage.
Greece has been broadly criticized for not attempting to avoid wasting the migrants earlier than the sinking in worldwide waters. Officers in Athens say the passengers refused any assist and insisted on continuing to Italy.