Bodies of 11 Pakistanis drowned in Libya to arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday


ISLAMABAD: Bodies of Eleven Pakistani citizens, who died in the tragic boat incident in Libya, will arrive at Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Wednesday at 4 pm.

Earlier, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Olivia Headon informed reporters about the incident after a boat carrying migrants had capsized off the coast of Zuwara.

According to initial reports, at least 90 people were feared dead in the incident. Two survivors managed to save their lives by swimming to the shore while another was rescued by a fishing boat, reports added.

According to Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, the bodies of 16 Pakistanis were recovered after a boat carrying migrants capsized near the Libyan coast in the early hours of Friday.

Faisal had also said that eight bodies have been identified with the help of documents while four others were identified with the help of their friends; though their documents were not yet found. He had further said that the identity papers of six other individuals have also been retrieved in the rescue operations but the bodies were still missing.

All the victims belonged to different areas of the Punjab province, including, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Rawalpindi and Sargodha. Similar cases have also been reported in the past where people belonging to Punjab have lost their lives in an attempt to cross over into Europe in the hope of a better future.


  1. These innocent peoples left their homes for better future but the human smugglers put their lives in danger by choosing the wrong way to reach The Europe. Life has no second chance, so why nobody educate these people not to take life taking risks. So sad news…!

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