Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed the concerned authorities to make arrangements for the return of a nine Pakistani migrants, who were killed in a fire at their living quarters in Kuwait.

In this regard, the Secretary Human Resource and the Overseas Pakistanis Foundations (OPF) has been asked to work in coordination with Foreign Office and Pakistan embassy, a PM’s Office statement said.

Earlier, the family of Muhammad Asif which included his wife, two sons, two daughters, mother, sister-in-law and a nephew was burnt to death when a fire broke out in their house late Thursday night in Farwaniya area.

The prime minister also directed Foreign Office and OPF to establish the identity of deceased, get in touch with their families and keep them updated. He ordered financial compensation to be provided to the bereaved family within three days.

A fire broke out at a villa housing expatriate workers in Kuwait on Thursday and killed nine Pakistani residents, including children, and injured 23.

Six people, at least one of whom was a child, suffocated to death after the blaze tore through a house that had been subdivided into multiple residences in Farwaniya, a suburb 15 km south of Kuwait City. Three others died from injuries in hospital, a Kuwaiti Fire Service Directorate spokesman said.