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Pak trying to aid kin of Lal Masjid crisis-hit

Pakistan Govt says that every possible effort is been made to facilitate the relatives of those affected in the Lal Masjid standoff.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2007 12:01 PM IST

Pakistan is making every possible effort to facilitate the parents and relatives of those affected in the Lal Masjid operation, the country's interior ministry has said.

"Till date over 600 people were entertained at the facilitation cell set up at sports complex to extend support to the parents and relatives in tracing their dear ones," the Pakistan Times reported on Wednesday, quoting Interior Ministry spokesperson Javeed Iqbal Cheema as saying.

Giving a final summary of disposal of male and female seminary students, deceased and the injured, Cheema said, "472 males have been released, 139 males are at Adyala Jail and 22 in hospitals on judicial remand, two on physical remand and 26 males are awaiting relatives at the sports complex".

He said a total of 465 females have been reunited with their families while "three are on judicial remand".

"As many as 198 were injured in the mosque operation, 32 are still in hospitals, including 22 on judicial remand, while the rest have been discharged," the spokesperson said.

Regarding the foreign militants, Cheema said,"There are certain photographs which are believed to be of foreigners and they are still unclaimed. Their pictures will be released to the media and displayed at sports complex".

He also reiterated that the government has been very transparent and concealed no casualties in the operation. "The government all along has been very transparent and we have hidden no fact from the media and the public."

He said those who have claim to the contrary should give the evidence of the number of deaths.

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