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SOPs issued for handing over PIA plane crash victims’ bodies

SAMAA | - Posted: May 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SOPs issued for handing over PIA plane crash victims’ bodies

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. - A Pakistani passenger plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area of the southern city of Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFP

Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani has issued SOPs for identification and retrieval of bodies of the PIA plane crash victims.

An A-320 aircraft of the Pakistan International Airlines crashed in Karachi’s Model Colony on May 22. The plane had 99 people aboard and only two survived the incident.

The Karachi commissioner issued on Thursday a notification detailing SOPs for the identification and retrieval of bodies of the victims.

Below are the SOPs:

  • Assistant commissioners or mukhtiarkars will be deputed at Sohrab Goth Edhi Centre and Chhipa Center at Nursery
  • Senior police officials and medico-legal officers will be present at the mortuaries to complete legal formalities in coordination with the district administration
  • After the DNA matching, they will confirm the availability of the body through physical verification
  • Assistant commissioners and police officials will coordinate with bereaved families once DNA reports are shared
  • After the confirmation of a body, its ghusal, shroud and coffin are to be arranged by the assistant commissioners. The body will finally be draped in the national flag
  • Sindh police would issue a report to the MLO for immediate issuance of the death certificate
  • Police officials will communicate to the bereaved family regarding receiving of the body from either of the two mortuaries
  • Once the family arrives, officials will receive them, seek necessary documents and console them
  • After the completion of formalities, the body would be handed over by a police party with honour
  • Officials have been asked to ensure minimum time in the process and deal with families of the victims with empathy and utmost respect

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