Dubai: 3 Pakistanis identified among 16 killed in residential building fire

“We are in touch with the Dubai Police to ascertain more details about the three deceased," the Pakistan Consul General says


Waheed Abbas

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Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 2:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 11:14 PM

Three Pakistani nationals have been identified among the 16 that have died in Al Ras, Dubai. The blaze broke out in a residential building on Saturday afternoon.

Hassan Afzal Khan, Pakistan Consul General in Dubai, confirmed the death of three people on Sunday and said they were relatives and were living in the same building.

The three men belonged to Pakistan’s Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. One of the victim was a bachelor and two were married.

He further clarified that the two victims’ fathers' names are similar, but they’re not brothers.

However, their family members are currently here and the mission is in touch with them. The victims’ close family members in Pakistan have been informed about the unfortunate incident.

“The dead bodies are in a local hospital and they will be repatriated in a day or two to their families after the completion of the procedures,” Khan told Khaleej Times on Sunday.

Every year, Pakistani missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi repatriate the bodies of hundreds of nationals who die in the Emirates in cooperation with the national carrier Pakistan International Airline (PIA) free of cost.

Sixteen people were killed in the blaze on the fourth floor of a residential building in Al Ras on Saturday.

He added that there is no report of Pakistani nationals among the people who were seriously injured in the incident.


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