PaK official, 8 family members die as vehicle falls into Neelum river

PaK official, 8 family members die as vehicle falls into Neelum river

Muzaffar was a migrant from Karen village on the other side of the Line of Control and lived in Ambore refugee camp near here with his family.

An official of the Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) government and eight members of his immediate and extended family were killed after the vehicle he was driving plunged into Neelum River in the northeastern Neelum valley overnight Sunday, officials and witnesses said.

 

Abdul Ghani Mir, Extra Assistant Commissioner in district Hattian Bala, was on his way to Dudniyal in the upper belt of Neelum valley in his official jeep to attend the funeral of his mother when the family met the tragedy in the dead of night.

 

The official was accompanied by his spouse Parveen Bibi, sons Nasir and Yasir, daughters Abidah, Sadaf and Nasirah, sister Sabiha and brother in law Muzaffar Mir.

 

Muzaffar was a migrant from Karen village on the other side of the Line of Control and lived in Ambore refugee camp near here with his family.

 

Deputy commissioner Neelum Abdul Hameed Kiyani told Greater Kashmir that the accident was believed to have occurred after 2am, as Ghani’s vehicle crossed Chilyana police post, some 50 kilometres from here, at about 12:45am.

 

He said the rescuers found the registration number plate of the vehicle on the riverbank as well as the bodies of Ghani and his son Nasir but the vehicle and other travellers were swept away by the killer river.

 

Normally the icy water of Neelum River is crystal clear in the upper belt of valley, but lately it had turned murky due to the recent rains, making the search of the missing persons difficult, said Ghani’s son in law, Tariq Maqbool Khawaja.

 

 “As yet we have not been able to fish out any other body,” Kiyani said.

 

The funeral of Ghani, his mother and son were offered at 4 pm in Dudniyal by thousands of people.