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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hazaras seek govt help for return of boat victims’ bodies

By Mohammad Zafar

QUETTA: Hazara community has sought the federal government’s help for the safe return of the bodies of boat accident victims from Indonesia. Addressing a news conference, representative of Hazara Community former Provincial Minister Sardar Sadaat Ali Hazara said his community has formed a delegation that will leave for Indonesia to identify the bodies belonging to Quetta.

There was still confusion over the exact figure of illegal immigrants as Hazara said over 190 people were onboard when the boat met the deadly incident. “90 people belonged to Quetta and majority of them were from Hazara community. Besides, there were some Pashtuns and people from other ethnicities,” he said. He appealed Indonesian authorities and United Nations to not punish the survivors as they were fleeing due to the deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan where sectarian violence is rampant.

Assistant Director Relief Faisal Naseem said Hazara community had handed over a list of 35 people; however, CNIC numbers and other legal documents of some of the victims are missing. He said that the bodies would be identified through DNA test or any other given information.

Daily Times

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