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PIA plane crash: Victims’ DNA reports to be out in 21 days – Pechuho


Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho has said that 19 victims of the Karachi PIA plane crash have been identified while DNA reports of the rest will take 21 days to arrive.

She was holding a press conference with Information and Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah and provincial government spokesman Murtaza Wahab.

The Health Minister said a total of 97 people were killed in the crash while two survived, of which one is admitted in Dar-ul-Sehat and the other was being treated at the Civil Hospital.

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She said that after the incident, 66 bodies were taken to Jinnah and 31 to Civil Hospital including 68 men, 26 women and 3 children. So far, 19 bodies have been identified and handed over to their families.

Pechuho said that so far DNA samples of 97 bodies have been taken and 47 relatives have also submitted samples of their DNA. The final DNA reports will take 21 days, she added.

Replying to a question, the provincial health minister said that the governor misstated about DNA as we have set up a high quality laboratory in Sindh and all DNA tests will be conducted in the lab of Karachi University.

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On this occasion, Murtaza Wahab said that six residents of the neighbourhood were injured because of the plane crash while 16 were displaced who have now been moved to a local hotel. Moreover, 19 houses, 10 vehicles and three motorcycles were also affected because of the plane crash.

The Sindh government spokesman added that the fire brigade, the mayor of Karachi, Chhipa, Edhi, civil and military agencies worked together in rescue efforts. He appealed to the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity in view of the current situation.

In response to a question, Murtaza Wahab said that the moral and legal responsibility for the accident lies with the PIA and it should compensate those affected for the losses.

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Health Minister Azra Pechuho has said that 19 victims of the Karachi PIA plane crash have been identified while DNA reports of the rest will take 21 days to arrive. She was holding a press conference with Information and Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah and provincial government spokesman Murtaza Wahab. The Health Minister said a total of 97 people were killed in the crash while two survived, of which one is admitted in Dar-ul-Sehat and the other was being treated at the Civil Hospital. She said that after the incident, 66 bodies were taken to Jinnah and 31 to Civil Hospital including 68 men, 26 women and 3 children. So far, 19 bodies have been identified and handed over to their families. Pechuho said that so far DNA samples of 97 bodies have been taken and 47 relatives have also submitted samples of their DNA. The final DNA reports will take 21 days, she added. Replying to a question, the provincial health minister said that the governor misstated about DNA as we have set up a high quality laboratory in Sindh and all DNA tests will be conducted in the lab of Karachi University. On this occasion, Murtaza Wahab said that six residents of the neighbourhood were injured because of the plane crash while 16 were displaced who have now been moved to a local hotel. Moreover, 19 houses, 10 vehicles and three motorcycles were also affected because of the plane crash. The Sindh government spokesman added that the fire brigade, the mayor of Karachi, Chhipa, Edhi, civil and military agencies worked together in rescue efforts. He appealed to the public to celebrate Eid with simplicity in view of the current situation. In response to a question, Murtaza Wahab said that the moral and legal responsibility for the accident lies with the PIA and it should compensate those affected for the losses.


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Just in: Fawad is just Nobody – Mufti says.


Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman has said that Fawad Hussain Chaudhry is just nobody and he should not interfere in affairs of the Ruet Committee.

Talking to the media after announcing sighting of the Shawwal moon on Saturday evening, Mufti Muneeb said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should take notice of Fawad Chaudhry’s interference in affairs of the Ruet Committee. He said that Fawad Chaudhry has his own deprivations and frustrations. He said that he condemns Fawad Chaudhry’s interference in Sharia-related matters. He asked Fawad Chaudhry to tell the nation on oath how many prayers he offered and how many times he had been on fasting in the holy month of Ramazan. He said there should be a ban on Fawad Chaudhry and he should not be allowed to interfere in affairs of other departments.

Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, the federal minister for science and technology, said earlier on Saturday that all Muslim countries, even Bangladesh, would celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday and Pakistan would be the only country in the world to celebrate the religious festival on Monday if the moon is not sighted on Saturday evening.

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Giving scientific data, Fawad told a press conference: “The Shawwal moon was born on May 22 at 10:30pm and will be visible between 7:36pm and 8:15pm tonight in Badin, Thatta and Pasni.”

Greeting the nation on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Mufti Muneeb said people should be careful and greet each other verbally instead of embracing keeping in view the coronavirus outbreak in the country.


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PIA plane crash: I feel sad – Former Pakistani PM express


Former premier Nawaz Sharif has expressed sympathies with the plane crash victims. 

More than 55 people died when a PIA plane crashed in Karachi on Friday. As soon as the media broke the story, people started sympathising with the bereaved families and praying for early recovery of the injured. “The today’s tragedy has made me feel very sad,” Nawaz said in a message to the victims.

The ex-PM prayed the Almighty may rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families. He paid tribute to the aircrew, saying he saluted the staff that did their job with dedication.


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Eid Celebration happening in Pakistan on Sunday?


Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan mosque Friday announced that Shawal moon was not sighted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they will celebrate Eidul Fitr on Sunday (May 25).

Mufti Popalzai has a unique and odd precedent to dent the national unity to celebrate the religious festivals on the same day. For the last few years, Mufti Popalzai has been coming up with contradictory statements to official announcements.

This year too, Mufti Popalzai had once again divided the nation by declaring that the holy month of Ramazan will start on Friday, a day earlier than it was announced by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. The cleric said his decision was based on 9 evidences gathered by the mosque.

Hour earlier, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman said at a press conference that moon was not sighted and the first day of Ramazan was observed on Saturday, April 25.

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had also claimed that the experts believed Eidul Fitr to fall on May 24 in accordance with their calendar.

Fawad Chaudhry, while talking to overseas journalists, criticised the clerics once again regarding the moon sighting techniques. He said that Mufti Muneebur Rehman and Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai are standing on different paths.

However, this time Fawad seems to be on same planet as that of Mufti Popalzai.

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However, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had predicted that Eidul Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramazan, will likely to fall on May 25 (Monday).

Later, the Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs on Saturday stopped the Pakistan Meteorological Department from issuing any forecast about moon-sighting in connection with the Eidul Fitr.

The orders were passed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, directing the Met Office that it should help the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in the moon-sighting process.

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The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet in Karachi next week on May 23 (Saturday) to sight the Shawal moon.

If the moon is sighted on Saturday, Pakistan would join the majority of Islamic World as the most of the Islamic countries are celebrating Eidul Fitr on Sunday. Traditionally, the Islamic month starts a day after Pakistan that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. So an Eid on Sunday is quite unlikely.


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Arshad Malik, PIA CEO clears Air on crash.


The PIA plane, which crashed in Karachi on Friday afternoon, was “technically sound”, PIA CEO Arshad Malik told a press conference in Karachi on Friday evening.

Malik said that 2-3 days were required to complete the operation and then the Aviation Ministry would launch an inquiry into the crash.

He said he wanted the inquiry report to be completed as soon as possible but could not give a timeframe for that. He said that PIA would not interfere in the inquiry.

The PIA chief said 99 people, including passengers and air crew, were onboard the ill-fated plane and “we have reports of 19 dead in Civil Hospital and 22 in other hospitals” as of now.

He said the pilot established a final landing approach and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) control room gave him a green signal to go ahead.

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“The pilot then did a go-around. He said he is preparing for a second approach. “Now what was the reason for the go-around? Please do not speculate,” Malik said, adding that facts could be ascertained through flight recorder and the black box.

“Nothing can be said until the black box is found,” he said. After the go-around, the PIA official said, the pilot gave a call, saying he “will establish for second approach”.

“Something happened there and there can only be ambiguities until we receive the voice and data recorders.

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I say this with responsibility that when it is received, we’ll know whether there was a technical fault, some other issue, some outside activity, bird hit, etc.

“When the plane lowered down, the ATC asked the pilot if there was an issue and the pilot said, ‘Yes, I am facing a problem,’ after which the communication was cut off.”

“The plane crash-landed in a street: it caused damage but thankfully no building collapsed,” he said. He spoke about the victims and the response to the incident.

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He said that families of the victims were welcome to come and stay at airport hotels in Karachi that have been vacated. All affected persons are going to be accommodated at airport hotels and other government facilities.

He said the Safety Investigation Board “is a government body that will oversee the investigation” and it was “independent of PIA and will operate under its own SOPs”.

Malik said the monitoring of the aircraft’s technical soundness was done by the industry, which has a database through which “they keep a close eye on the aircraft’s health”.

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“I do not wish to give any further information [on the survivors] and I do not want to give anyone false hopes.

Our emergency response centre is working round-the-clock to ascertain the facts,” he said. “I will provide more information as soon as we have it,” he promised.


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Pakistan’s top Model also in PIA Plane crash – Did she die?


One of Pakistan’s top models Zara Abid was on the ill-fated PIA passenger plane which crashed in Karachi a minute before landing at the airport on Friday afternoon.

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The fate of Zara Abid was not clear yet as rescue work was in full swing in Karachi’s Model Colony with dozens of the injured being shifted to hospitals.

The crash comes just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded due to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

However, rumours on social media are circulating that top Pakistani model Zara Abid was also on board the PIA flight that crashed.

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Her phone is switched off and her fans expressed the hope that they will be able to see her soon along with all other passengers.

Her name is mentioned in the list of the passengers shared by the PIA officials on social media. NobleReporters gathered


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PIA Plane Crash: Blames fall on Birds as 66 die.


The initial report of PIA plane crash has been submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to the report, the landing gear of the plane went out of order minutes before landing on which the pilot tried to lower down the plane.

At the meantime, some birds hit the plane and disrupted its engines, resultantly the plane crashed into densely populated area named Jinnah Gardens, Model Colony, located next to the runway of the airport.

At least seven of the 98 people aboard a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane from Lahore to Karachi, survived as it crashed minutes before landing at the Jinnah International Airport on Friday.

The PIA A320 passenger aircraft was carrying at least 90 passengers and eight crew members in the flight PK 8303, when it crashed into the densely populated vicinity.

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PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the crash while PIA CEO, Air Marshal Arshad Malik maintained that the plane seemed to have technical issues.


Hospital officials have confirmed death of at least 66 passengers who were onboard a PIA plane flying from Lahore to Karachi on Friday.

Lieutenant Balach Mir of the Pakistan Army is one of the passengers whose death in the plane crash has been officially confirmed.

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Three lucky people who are said to have survived the PIA plane crash are Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood, airhostess Madeeha Irum and Muhammad Zubair.

A PIA passenger plane crashed in a populated area just before landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday afternoon, reported NobleReporters.

The Army Quick Response Force, Rangers, police and rescuers reached the scene as several houses and vehicles were also destroyed in the incident involving the plane coming from Lahore.

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The plane, Airbus 320, was carrying 91 passengers and seven crewmembers.

Respected journalist Ansar Naqvi, senior director programming at 24NewsHD TV channel known to Noble Reporters Media, and senior bureaucrat Khalid Sherdil – CEO of the Urban Sector Planning and Management Services Company (The Urban Unit) – were also among the passengers.

On the other hand, Bank of Punjab President Masood Zafar was also travelling to Karachi. He is injured and shifted to the Civil Hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

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According to initial reports, the aircraft crashed in the Jinnah Garden Area due to a technical fault which was confirmed by the PIA spokesperson.

The residential neighbourhood is located in the Malir Cantt adjacent to the Model Colony less than one kilometre from the airport runway.

Before the tragic incident, the captain first informed the air traffic control about developing some technical fault after which the plane vanished from the radar as the contact was lost just a few minutes before the crash.

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The captain lost control of the plane, the Civil Aviation Authority say. The plane captain can be heard saying “we have lost engine” after which he repeated “mayday, mayday” during his last communication with the airport traffic controller before losing contact.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the Flight No PK-8303 had left Lahore at 1pm and was scheduled to arrive in Karachi at 2:45pm. NobleReporters collects

PIA spokesperson Athar said the plane was fit [air travel worthy] and all rumours on the issue were baseless.

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Details about the cause could only be shared investigation by a team comprising the CAA, PIA and Airbus representatives.

The TV footage showed smoke and destroyed houses with engulfing the buildings and cars. Initial reports suggest that at least eight to ten houses have been ruined in the area.

According to NobleReporters, several bodies have so far been recovered and the many injured shifted to different hospitals while over 25 vehicles are either destroyed or damaged.

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On the other hand, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah imposed emergency in all the hospitals and directed the authorities to launch rescue and relief operation.

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The names of the crewmembers available so far are: Captain Sajjad Gul, First Officer Usman Azam, Flight Purser Farid Ahmed and three airhostesses Madiha Irum, Amna Irfan and Asma Shehzadi.

Meanwhile, 17 bodies had so far been shifted to the Jinnah Hospital where it is said the health facility did not have capacity to receive more.

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On the other hand, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah imposed emergency in all the hospitals and directed the authorities to launch rescue and relief operation.

Later, he reached the incident site and reviewed the rescue operation. The names of the crewmembers available so far are: Captain Sajjad Gul, First Officer Usman Azam, Flight Purser Farid Ahmed and three airhostesses Madiha Irum, Amna Irfan and Asma Shehzadi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry into the plane crash as Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as well as top political leaders including Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman expressed sorrow over the tragedy.


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Pakistani govt investigate PIA plane crash – choose team


The federal government late on Friday evening constituted a team to investigate the PIA plane crash in Karachi.

A PIA plane flying from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential area near the Karachi airport moments before it was set to land at the airport.

Late on Friday night, officials confirmed death of at least 66 of 98 passengers and crew members who were onboard the plane.

In a tweet on Sunday evening, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) shared the news about formation of the team to investigate the incident and named members of the investigation team.


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Pakistani plane crash with 100 passengers


Earlier today, a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft crashed in a residential area just before it was scheduled to land at Karachi Airport, NobleReporters report

The aircraft coming from Lahore, a city in Pakistan, was reportedly carrying over 100 passengers when the incident happened, NobleReporters gathered

Model Colony, the residential area where the aircraft crashed, is said to be densely populated.

NobleReporters quoted sources as saying the pilots of the aircraft, an Airbus 320, reported some technical difficulty after which the plane went off radar and crashed.

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Rescue teams of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have since been dispatched to the crash site.

Although rescuers have reported damage to a number of houses, there is no official overall death toll figure from the incident yet. Pictures also show smoke billowing from the crash site.


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