Islamabad: A ship, carrying 250 people, sunk in East Java Sea, Indonesia, on 18 December 2011. According to unconfirmed reports, the passengers also included over 50 Pakistani nationals. Many of them belonged to the Hazara tribe in Baluchistan.
Nearly 95 bodies have been recovered and placed at two different islands in Indonesia. However, so far not a single dead body has been identified as a Pakistan national.
Our Embassy in Jakarta has set up an Emergency Cell which is working round the clock, in coordination with the relevant authorities in Quetta, for identification of the nationality of the deceased. The Consular Team of the Embassy has already met 6 Pakistani survivors in Surabaya Island. The contact details of the Embassy are as follows:
Mr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal
Head of Chancery
Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta, Indonesia
For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604