7 Pakistanis killed in Libya boat wreck: FO


The Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday that seven Pakistani nationals drowned in a boat wreck near Libya’s port city of Benghazi.

Addressing a weekly press briefing, Spokesperson Murtaza Zahra Baloch said the embassy of Pakistan in Libya was facilitating the process of identification of the bodies.

She said the bodies would be transported back to Pakistan with the support of local authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Baloch added that the Pakistan embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also in contact with the families of the deceased persons.

In her briefing, the spokesperson also mentioned that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would visit New York to participate in the conference on “Women in Islam: Understanding the rights and Identity of Women in the Islamic World” being held on March 8.

As an initiative of FM Bilawal, Baloch said, the conference was being convened by Pakistan in its capacity as the chair of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Council of Ministers, at the United Nations Headquarters on the sidelines of the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.