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19 Bodies Of Plane Crash Victims May Have Been Misidentified: Faisal Edhi

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Edhi Foundation chief Faisal Edhi has said that 19 bodies have ‘forcefully’ been taken away by respective families of PIA plane crash victims from the organisation’s mortuary, without waiting for the DNA testing of the corpses.

According to a news report published in The Express Tribune, Faisal Edhi, while talking to media persons, expressed concern that the bodies taken without DNA testing, might not have been correctly identified. He said that later, the need might arise to exhume them for the purpose of identification.

He said that the families that had taken the bodies with them claimed to have recognised the deceased through personal belongings such as watches, identity cards and clothes. “But since the bodies were badly burnt, there are high chances that they were wrongly identified, considering that there are possibilities of deceased belongings getting exchanged,” he said.

Edhi also alleged that an MNA from Karachi’s Sohrab Goth, had used his influence to help one of the families to take a body with them but later, after dental examination, it turned out that the body was wrongly identified. He further claimed that while the families took the bodies, police did not help Edhi workers in stopping them.

“And we had to hand over 19 bodies to the families out of the fear of vandalism,” he said, assuring that the rest of the bodies at the morgue would be handed over only after scientific verification.

According to Edhi, two bodies out of those kept at the organisation’s morgue have been identified so far, while the identification of 21 others through dental examination may take up to four days.

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