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THE DEAD BODIES OF THE TWO DECEASED PAKISTANI STUDENTS TO BE TRANSPORTED TO PAKISTAN ON STATE EXPENSE – CONSUL GENERAL PAKISTAN SYDNEY:
The dead bodies of the two deceased Pakistani students viz. Mohsin Raza and Azhar Iqbal, who died in a fatal road accident in Sydney / Australia on 26 December 2013, will be transported to Pakistan ON STATE EXPENSES. Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili, Consul General of Pakistan Sydney, confirmed that the families of both the deceased had formally approached the Pakistan Consulate General Sydney to facilitate and bear the expenses of transportation of the dead bodies of their beloved to Pakistan. He informed that His Excellency Abdul Malik Abdullah, the High Commissioner of Pakistan Canberra, had already approved the expenses to be incurred on the transportation of the dead bodies back home. The Consul General and other officers of the Mission were in constant contact with the police authorities, who have been persuaded to complete their formalities at the earliest, enabling the Mission to send the dead bodies to Pakistan as soon as possible. However, due to Christmas and New Year holidays the post-mortem and Coroner’s report, which are essential requirements for release of the dead bodies, are taking time. The Police authorities have assured the Consul General that all these formalities will be completed by early next week.
On the advise of the High Commissioner, the Consulate General has already approached funeral services companies in Sydney to work out details and carry out the spadework over the week end for transportation of the deceased to Pakistan.
Both the High Commissioner and the Consul General have appreciated the MORAL SUPPORT of Pakistani community in Australia, particularly the students and friends of the deceased and other community organizations, who are actively coordinating with the bereaved families and also extending support to the Pakistan’s Missions in Australia. However, they have been informed about the above decision that THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN WILL BEAR ALL THE EXPENSES RELATING TO THE FUNERAL AND TRANSPORTATION OF THE DECEASED TO THEIR HOMES IN PAKISTAN.
Earlier, on receiving the sad news of the unfortunate incident, the Consul General immediately rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney yesterday and personally met the injured viz. Muhammad Ajmal,Gulzar Ahmed and Syed Faraz Mehdi; inquired about their health and also discussed their health condition with the doctors. All the injured were in a stable condition and they had also established contact with their families in Pakistan. He assured the injured and their friends in the hospital to extend maximum possible assistance by the Mission and Government of Pakistan. All the injured have now been discharged from the hospital. The Consul General also inquired from the authorities about the two deceased; informed their families about the unfortunate incident and mobilized Mr.Balakh Sher Khosa, Community Welfare Attaché and Mr.Shifaat Kaleem, Consul to immediately complete the procedure and necessary formalities for the transportation of dead bodies to their respective hometowns in Pakistan. The Consul General briefed the progress to the High Commissioner, sought his guidance and also updated the authorities in Pakistan (Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Pakistanis) for their information and appropriate action at their end.
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