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PAF officer who died in PK-8303 crash laid to rest

KARACHI: Funeral prayers of Squadron Leader Zain-ul Arif Khan, who died in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 plane crash, were offered here at the PAF Base Faisal on Saturday.

The funeral was attended by Air Staff (Engineering) Deputy Chief Air Vice Marshal Ahmad Hassan, Air Vice-Marshal Abbas Ghumman, air officer commanding, southern air command along with a large number of PAF personnel, civil and military officials.

Later, the dead body was laid to rest at PAF graveyard, Korangi Creek with full military honour.

Squadron Leader Zain was among the 97 passengers who died in the most recent PIA plane crash in Karachi on May 22.

He was posted at Air Headquarters, Islamabad, and was travelling to Karachi to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with his parents.

Earlier in the day, Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah said that at least 64 bodies of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash victims have been handed over to their families after identification.

The chief minister, in a statement, said that out of the total, 64 bodies have been identified so far and maintained that of the 64 bodies, 25 have been identified through DNA tests.

He said that the remaining bodies were kept in different morgues and their identification process is underway.

It is pertinent to mention here that the investigation into the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash has entered into the final stage as Airbus experts have collected important evidence to complete their probe.

Except for two survivors, all 97 passengers and crew members of the flight that crashed in a residential area near Karachi airport were confirmed dead. However, no resident of Model Colony’s Jinnah Garden, where the plane crashed, was among the deceased.