Govt assures early handing over of victims’ bodies


The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said Friday efforts are being made for early handing over of bodies to their family members.

Talking to the news agency, he said 47 bodies of victims have been shifted, while their family members are also coming to hospitals for DNA tests.

He said the DNA tests procedure will be started after completion of the sample collection of victims and their family members.

He said besides Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital experts, technical assistance from other laboratories will also be obtained for having proper identification of all victims through the DNA tests.

He said at least six days are required for the result of the DNA tests, after that the government would ensure handing over of all bodies to their family members.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has issued special directions for the maximum facilitation to the family members of victims and smooth completion of the identification and handing over process.

He said PIMS staff would continue working till completion of data sampling of all family members of victims.

He visited PIMS, met with the family members of plane crash victims and offered condolences for the departed souls.

He said efforts were made to contact the family members of three foreigners, but so far no one has contacted.

PIMS Administrator Dr Altaf Hussain said that every step is being taken for early completion of all procedures, as DNA samples have been collected from all Pakistani victims.

He said that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has arranged accommodation for family members of the victims.

He added those victims who were identified have been handed over to their family members.