PIA PK-661 crash: List of passengers on board

PIA PK-661 crash: List of passengers on board

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying 48 people crashed on Wednesday in the mountainous north of the country and burst into flames.

PIA flight PK661 had departed from Chitral at 3.30 and crashed at 4.30pm near Abbottabad. There are no survivors, so far.

While the rescue operation continues, at least 36 bodies have so far been recovered from the site.

According to Express News, two infants and nine women were also among the victims.

Crew members

One of the crew members of the ill-fated PIA plane that crashed near Abbottabad on December 7, 2016. PHOTO: PIA

Air hostess Asma Adil who was onboard the crashed PIA plane. PHOTO: PIA

Passengers:

  1. Abid Qaiser
  2. Ahsan SS
  3. Ahtiram ul Haq
  4. Aisha
  5. Akbar Ali
  6. Akhtar Mehmood
  7. Amir Shoukat
  8. Amna Ahmed
  9. Maahrukh Ahmed
  10. Asim Waqas
  11. Ateeq Muhammad
  12. Farah Naz
  13. Farhat Aziz
  14. Gohar Ali
  15. Gul Norani
  16. Haji Nawaz
  17. Han Qiang
  18. Harald Kessler
  19. Hassan Ali
  20. Herwig Eichelbenger
  21. Junaid Nahya
  22. Khan Junaid Jamshed
  23. Mehmood Atud
  24. Mirza Gul
  25. Farhan Ali
  26. Muhammad Ali Khan
  27. Muhammad Khalid Masood
  28. Muhammad Khan
  29. Muhammad Khawar
  30. Muhammad Nouman Shafique
  31. Muhammad Takbeer Khan
  32. Nigar Uddin
  33. Osama Ahmed Warraich
  34. Rani Mehreen
  35. Salman Zainulabidin
  36. Sami SA
  37. Samina Gul
  38. Shamshad Begum
  39. Taiba Aziz
  40. Taimoor Arshid
  41. Umara Khan
  42. Zahida Perveen

Total Passengers

Male – 31
Female – 9
Infants – 2

Pakistan: State recognition for unsung hero, at last

Pakistan: State recognition for unsung hero, at last

The PM Office maintained that renaming the National Centre for Physics as Dr Abdus Salam’s Centre for Physics would be another step towards honouring the Pakistani scientist.

ISLAMABAD: Making amends for a historic injustice, the incumbent government has decided to honour the first Nobel laureate physicist of Pakistan, Professor Abdus Salam, by renaming the National Centre for Physics after him.

Academics and campaigners have long struggled to name a university or higher learning or research institute after Dr Abdus Salam who belonged to the Ahmadiyya community. No government could muster courage to honour the globally acclaimed physicist for fear of reprisal from the religious right.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday gave approval ‘in principle’ to renaming the National Centre for Physics after Dr Salam, directing the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to forward a formal summary in this regard for approval of President Mamnoon Hussain.

The prime minister has also approved grant of five fellowships annually to Pakistani students for PhD in physics through the Higher Education Commission at reputed international universities. The programme has also been named Professor Abdus Salam Fellowship.

The centre situated near the Quaid-i-Azam University is an autonomous body funded by the government of Pakistan. It was the brainchild of Dr Salam who envisioned establishing a national centre of excellence in Pakistan in 1976 where scientists could work in physics in collaboration with international scientists.

But opposition from past governments and religious bigotry had forced him to leave the country for Italy where he established the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste.

In 2000, the National Centre for Physics was founded by the late Prof Dr Riazuddin and nuclear physicist Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, fulfilling the wish of Dr Salam.

The prime minister in a statement said the decision was taken “in recognition of the great contributions of renowned Pakistani physicist Dr Mohammad Abdus Salam”.

The PM Office maintained that renaming the National Centre for Physics as Dr Abdus Salam’s Centre for Physics would be another step towards honouring the Pakistani scientist.

Academics and activists, who waged a long struggle to recognise the scientist as a national hero, have commended the decision.

“Renaming the NCP as ASCP indicates that Pakistan is now ready to recognise the scientific achievements of its citizens irrespective of religious faith,” said physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy. “It will help soften Pakistan’s image abroad. This is badly needed when we are accused of being intolerant and terrorist.”

From the point of view of science, he said, “Our recognition of Abdus Salam will encourage young Pakistanis to seek a career in science. In India, there are many role models, but in Pakistan, so far there is only one.”

The government’s recognition is overdue because Salam’s work had already put Pakistan on the scientific map of the world, and everyone was astonished that Salam was not recognised in his own country, he said. “The present government should be congratulated for correcting a ‘historic injustice’.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2016.

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Pakistan: Christian lad beaten for drinking water from a mosque

Pakistan: Christian lad beaten for drinking water from a mosque

A video showing Christian boy being brutally tortured by a mob reveals horrifying scenes of religious intolerance in the country. Media reports detailed that the boy was beaten for drinking water from a mosque.

 

The video emerged few days back, which sowed a Christian boy brutally beaten up for purportedly drinking water from a fountain located inside a mosque. The boy was being physically assaulted by a mob in the public. Nevertheless, the video has also sparked controversy as doubts and questions surround the authenticity of the video. However the Christian boy was certainly beaten and physically tortured by a mob.

The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom stated in its annual report 2015: “Pakistan represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated by the U.S. government as ‘countries of particular concern.’ In the past year, the government grappled with a challenging security environment and initiated efforts to fight the Pakistani Taliban.

However, despite these efforts, Pakistan continued to experience chronic sectarian violence targeting Shi’a Muslims, Christians, Ahmadi Muslims, and Hindus. Despite positive rulings by the Supreme Court, the government failed to provide adequate protection to targeted groups or to prosecute perpetrators and those calling for violence. Pakistan’s repressive blasphemy laws and anti-Ahmadi laws continue to violate religious freedoms and to foster a climate of impunity. USCIRF again recommends in 2015 that Pakistan be designated a ‘country of particular concern,’ or CPC, under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), as it has recommended since 2002.”
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LIVE: PIA passenger flight PK-661 crashes near Havelian | Passengers list

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities confirmed.

According Civil Aviation Authority sources, the ATR-42 plane with 47 passengers went missing from the radar near Havelian while it was on its way to Islamabad.

The plane took off from Chitral around 3:00PM but communication with the control tower was broken around 4:30PM, shortly before it was about to arrive at its destination.

CAA sources confirmed a mayday call from the pilot to the control tower shortly before it lost communication with the plane.

“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago. All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft. Media will be kept informed as situation develops,” said the PIA in a statement.

Eyewitnesses said they had seen a plane crash in a hilly area near Havelian, near the Ordinance factory. Clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the area of the reported crash.

Ground rescue teams had been sent to the area, sources said. The Inter-Services Public Relations said that army contingents and helicopters have also been dispatched for rescue operations.

Junaid Jamshed, wife also on ill-fated plane

According to a list of passengers issued by PIA, popular personality Junaid Jamshed and his wife were also on the ill-fated plane.

Jamshed, a former musician turned religious preacher and ‘naat-khwaan’, was in Chitral and his name was among the list of passengers on board the flight. According to list, Jamshed was on the seat 27-C.

Jamshed’s brother has confirmed that Jamshed was onboard the ill-fated plane.

Pakistan has had a poor air safety track record in recent years.

In 2012, a Bhoja Airline plane, a Boeing 737 carrying 121 passengers and six crew members, crashed near Islamabad just before touchdown.

The worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad. The flight was coming in from Karachi.

All 152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility.

Another deadly civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet came to pass in 1992 when a PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people.

The PIA said an emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates:

pia_emergency

Source: Geo.tv

Junaid Jamshed was on board ill-fated flight: brother

Junaid Jamshed was on board ill-fated flight: brother

ABBOTTABAD: Renowned singer-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed was also on board the ill-fated flight of Pakistan International Airline (PIA), his brother confirmed on Wednesday.

Talking to SAMAA, Junaid Jamshed’s brother confirmed that his brother was on board the plane that left Chitral for Islamabad. He was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on board the same plane, his brother revealed.

It should be mentioned here that Junaid Jamshed went to Chitral on a preaching mission.

Junaid Jamshed’s wife also was with him on this fight, according to a close aide of the preacher.

Air-hostesses Sadaf Farooq and Asima Adil were on board the plane. DC Chitral Usama Warriach, Ali Akram, the first officer and two air guards of ASF were in the plane among other passengers. –SAMAA

Junaid Jamshed feared dead in PIA plane crash: reports

Junaid Jamshed feared dead in PIA plane crash: reports

 

Pop singer turned religious leader Junaid Jamshed and wife have been reportedly killed in PIA PK-661 plane crash .
Brother of Junaid Jamshed has confirmed the reports of Junaid traveling in the ill-fated plane.

At least 47 passengers have been feared dead as a Pakistan International Airlines plane flying from Chitral has reportedly crashed on its flight to Islamabad.

Flight PK-661 with 47 passengers went missing near Abbottabad while it was on its way to Islamabad.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

A PIA spokesperson told media that flight PK-661 had disappeared from the air control radar.

According to military’s media wing ISPR, army troops and helicopters have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue efforts.

“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago. All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft. Media will be kept informed as situation develops,” PIA spokesperson Danial Gilani said in a statement.

“PIA’s emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394,” he added.