Dubai bus crash: Two Pakistanis identified; repatriation begins

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Dubai bus crash: Two Pakistanis identified; repatriation begins

Both victims had travelled to Oman on a visa run.


Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Sat 8 Jun 2019, 10:50 AM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 8:48 AM

The Pakistan mission in Dubai has released names of two victims that died in the horrific bus crash that killed 17 people on Thursday, June 6.
The mission's welfare officer told Khaleej Times Shafiq Ahmed, son of Muhammed Ahmed and Shahzad Khan, son of Safraraz Khan were killed in the accident.
Another resident Junaid Khan suffered a fracture. "He has received treatment and was discharged from the hospital," said the officer.
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Both residents who were killed had travelled to Oman on a visa run.
"Shafiq is from Multan and his family is in touch with us and is working to repatriate his remains back home," the officer added.  Shahzad Khan's documents are still with Dubai authorities, and the mission hopes to retrieve his passport and all other documents by Sunday.
The Pakistan Consulate officers were present at Rashid Hospital and other sites since late last night.
Repatriation of bodies begin
The mortal remains of victims are being flown back to their respective countries.
The Consulate General of India will provide free of cost repatriation services to families who do not get support from their employers. India's national airline Air India will be providing a free ticket, along with an attendant ticket to each victim, informed consul general of India to Dubai Vipul.

The consulate will also pay for embalming and related charges through the Indian governments Indian Welfare Community Fund (ICWF).
"We are expecting for all bodies to be repatriated by today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) morning," he told Khaleej Times
Dubai resident Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, a former media company employee, was flown back to India at 2am from Sharjah on Friday night.
"The remaining repatriations are also contingent upon embalming procedures places. Two families are booked to leave at 3.30 pm on Saturday," said Vipul.

One of the deceased Roshni Moolchandani's final rites may be completed here in the UAE as per the family's requests. Consulate officers and social worker Naser Vatanapally has been working on providing repatriation documents.
Vipul tweeted last night, "We would like to sincerely thank Dubai Police and all hospital authorities for their assistance."

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