ISLAMABAD: Body of a Pakistani worker who died in an attack in Abu Dhabi by Yemen’s Houthi rebels arrived in Peshawar on Thursday, confirmed Pakistani officials.
Moomor Khan was killed along with his two Indian colleagues while serving ADNOC oil company after the rebel group launched on Monday what it said was a missile-and-drone strike, setting off explosions in fuel trucks and causing a fire near the Abu Dhabi airport.
“The human remains of martyr Moomor Khan [son of] Umar Khan were received at the Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar today,” the foreign office of Pakistan told Arab News in a statement, adding the body was received by senior officials of the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) along with the victim’s family.
A senior OPF official confirmed the information, saying the organization made the local transportation arrangements.
“OPF regional head of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and its other senior officials received Khan’s dead body and arranged for its local transportation through ambulance to his hometown near the Pak-Afghan border town in North Waziristan,” director general of OPF’s welfare division Mustafa Haider told Arab News.
He added his organization remained in contact with the country’s diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi to expedite the process of bringing back Khan's body.
“Khan had been working as a driver with Al Mansoor Company, a third party of Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC oil company, for the last five years,” he said. “He was a poor man whose life was affected by the military operation in Pakistan’s tribal region of Wana.”
Haider maintained the OPF would consider Khan's family for financial grant from the foundation’s funds.
“We will also facilitate the family in getting the insurance amount, salary and other financial compensations since it was an accidental death,” he added.
Javed Khan, the deceased’s brother, thanked the UAE authorities and Pakistan’s mission in Abu Dhabi for facilitating the repatriation of the body in the shortest possible period.
“We are thankful to the UAE government and Pakistan embassy in Abu Dhabi since they facilitated the transportation of my brother’s body in the shortest possible time,” he told Arab News. “All the transportation expenses, including the special flight, were taken care of by Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi.”