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Karachi, December 17, 2016:

The Dead bodies of all Pakistanis who were on board the ill-fated flight PK-661, have been handed over to their relatives. PIA spokesperson said here on Saturday.

In total 47 persons had lost their lives in the tragic incident of December 7, 2016 of which 44 dead bodies have now been handed over to their relatives.

He said that 11 dead bodies were brought to Chitral by special flight on Saturday morning. Senior PIA officials and members of aggrieved families accompanied the dead bodies to Chitral. While one family chose to travel by road and all expenses were borne by PIA.

The aggrieved families were provided transport facilities by PIA for transporting bodies to their villages. The burial of all 12 was expected to be held on the same day i.e. Saturday in Chitral and nearby areas.

PIA Spokesman further said that the dead bodies of 3 foreigners were the only ones now remaining and have been kept in PIMS mortuary, till formalities of handing over are completed.

Meanwhile, CEO PIA Mr. Bernd Hildenbrand has appreciated the efforts of all PIA employees who took part in providing relief to the bereaved families, especially the PIA Scouts and Emergency Response team who worked round the clock at the camps set up at PIMS hospital and at Rawat cold storage.