NAC aircraft chartered to bring dead bodies of Nepalis from Afghanistan


Kathmandu, June 21: The government has chartered an aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to bring the dead bodies of 12 Nepalis who were killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday morning.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed at a press meet on Tuesday that the government has made necessary arrangement to bring the dead bodies from Afghanistan, and Charge d’affaires to Pakistan, Tirtha Raj Aryal, was directed to ensure treatment to other injured Nepalis.
As per the direction, Charge d’affaires Aryal flew to Afghanistan and met the concerned government officials and related companies there, said MoFA Spokesperson Bharat Raj Poudel.
On Tuesday itself, a meeting was held under the coordination of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa with the ministries of home affairs, tourism, labour and Nepal Army, Nepal Police and the high level officials of the Civil Aviation Authority and NAC to make preparation for bringing the dead bodies, and ensuring treatment to the injured ones.
Spokesperson Poudel further said the Afghanistan government was requested in the diplomatic level for the route permit. “The NAC aircraft heads to Kabul, Afghanistan as soon as Nepal gets permission. After bringing the dead bodies here, the related families can be handed over either in the capital city or in the respective districts as per the arrangement made by the Home Ministry.”
Moreover, the Spokesperson informed that two Nepalis injured in the blast- Krishna Bahadur Deuja and Man Bahadur Thapa- were brought to Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. Efforts were underway to bring three others injured in the bomb blast as per the insurance of the concerned employing company. However, seriously injured Chyangba Tamang would be brought to Delhi for treatment after doctors’ advice.
Similarly, other Nepalis willing to return home would be brought together complying with the aircraft capacity.
The NAC plane would have four medical persons, three police persons, and one each from Home Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Employment Promotion Board on board from Nepal to bring the dead bodies from Kabul.
The government has expressed commitment to prod the concerned agencies in Nepal to ensure compensation to the victims’ families. RSS

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