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We have learnt with deep sorrow about the tragic incident of a boat capsizing in Lake Van, Bitlis Province in the east of Turkey, which carried nationals of various countries including Pakistan.

Our Embassy in Turkey and Consulate General in Istanbul are in contact with the local Turkish authorities to seek further information and provide all possible assistance to the Pakistani nationals involved.

As per the information shared by the Turkish authorities, a total of 71 individuals of various nationalities were present on the boat when it capsized including 25 from Pakistan. Turkish authorities carried out the search and rescue operation in the aftermath of the accident. Unfortunately, 2 Pakistani nationals lost their lives.

Our Missions in Turkey are in touch with the local authorities to ascertain the identity of the deceased individuals. The families of the deceased will be notified upon confirmation of their identities and all possible assistance will be extended to the bereaved families for repatriation of the remains of their loved ones.

Other 23 Pakistani nationals present on the boat have been rescued and are with the local Turkish authorities. Those in need of medical attention are being treated in local hospitals.

For further information and facilitation, the following officers of the Embassy at Ankara and Consulate General in Istanbul can be contacted:

1. Mr. Umer Siddique, Counsellor
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
Contact No. 00905355138499

2. Mr. Amir Berlas, Protocol Assistant,
Consulate General of Pakistan, Istanbul
Contact No. 00905325683413

27 December 2019

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