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Hussain Muhammad, Consul General of the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai. Photo: Exterior

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 6:00 am

Two Pakistani children who were hospitalized for treatment after a fire broke out in their apartment last week have been discharged from hospital, a senior official said.

Hussain Muhammad, consul general of the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, said Asma Khan, nine, and Ahmed Khan, six, were handed over to their relatives in the United Arab Emirates after they were discharged from hospital.

Last week, a Pakistani national, Imran Khan, and his daughter died in a fire that broke out in their home in the early hours of the morning. Khan’s wife and her two children were hospitalized at Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah due to asphyxiation. Wife Fatima Imran Khan was still in the hospital undergoing treatment at the hospital.

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Muhammad said they were still waiting for the forensic report before proceeding with the family’s documents, as some of the family members’ passports were burned in the fire.

“We are in contact with the officials and the deceased family members and are closely following the case,” Muhammad said Tuesday.

Recently, a team from the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai, led by Community Welfare Attaché Imran Shahid, visited the hospital and met the doctors and Imran Khan’s brother-in-law Zaheer.

Muhammad said the relatives of the victims want to repatriate the bodies of the deceased to Lahore for burial, which will be sent once the authorities complete the formalities.

1.7 million Pakistani citizens currently live and work in the United Arab Emirates, most of them in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The South Asian diaspora is the second largest community in the United Arab Emirates and a major contributor to the local economy, as well as a major contributor to their country’s remittances.

100 patients receive free treatment at PAD

On Tuesday, Muhammad said that the core objective of the mission is to provide all possible facilitation and assistance to achieve the welfare of the Pakistani community.

During his visit to the Pakistan Association in Dubai (PAD), the Consul General emphasized that all Pakistanis living in the UAE are ambassadors of Pakistan and they should all work together to achieve the shared goals of national well-being.

“It is the responsibility of each of us to convey a positive image of our country through our conduct. Pakistanis living in the United Arab Emirates must comply with local laws. The consulate will always be welcoming and willing to help our community,” she added.

During PAD’s visit, Dr. Muhammad Nasim Sabir, Medical Director of Pakistan Medical Center (PMC) established by PAD, gave a detailed briefing to the General Council about the work, facilities and services provided to deserving patients in terms of well-being. He said that on average more than 100 patients of all nationalities receive free treatment at the medical center.

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