This morning the mortal remains of the Ambassadors of Norway and Philippines and the wives of the Ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia were air-lifted from Naltar to Rawalpindi. The injured Ambassadors of Indonesia, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Poland were transported back by special C-130 flight. The rest of the group of diplomats who had gone to Gilgit also returned safely to Rawalpindi this morning.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary, Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry along with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at Noor Khan Airbase, Chaklala this morning to receive the dead and injured. The Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Acting Chief of Naval Staff and other senior officials were also present.

The mortal remains of the deceased have been placed in the morgue of CMH, Rawalpindi while, the Ambassadors of Indonesia and Netherlands are undergoing treatment at the Special Burns Unit in Kharian. The remaining injured are also under treatment in CMH in Rawalpindi.

A delegation from the Philippines headed by the Under Secretary of Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the spouse and son of the late Ambassador and a delegation from Malaysia consisting of senior officials and daughter of the Malaysian Ambassador would be arriving tonight. The widow of the Norwegian Ambassador and a delegation from Indonesia is also expected to arrive shortly.

Final transportation of the mortal remains to the respective countries of the deceased would be finalized after consultation with the families and officials of the concerned Embassies and after completion of all formalities.

Islamabad
May 9, 2015

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