Bodies of 11 Pakistanis who drowned off Libya reach Islamabad

Bodies of 11 Pakistanis who drowned off Libya reach Islamabad

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RAWALPINDI: Tanzeel-ur-Rehman — an 18-year-old student hailing from Sambrial in Sialkot district — braved hellish circumstances and beat many odds to be on a smugglers’ boat headed for Europe, only to meet his death when the vessel capsized off Libya on the last day of last month.

His body was brought back to the country on Wednesday, as were those of 10 other Pakistanis who died in the incident.

Tanzeel was waiting for results of his matric exams when he left for Italy in August last year in search of a better life, said one of his cousins who had come to the Benazir Bhutto Inter­national Airport’s cargo section to collect his body.

“When Tanzeel reached Libya via Sudan along with another cousin of his, Mohsin Ali, for onward journey to Italy they were kidnapped by a gang of human smugglers,” Usman Hussain told Dawn.

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