MUZAFFARABAD: The rescuers have recovered two more bodies of students who fell into a river when an old wooden bridge collapsed in Kashmir, bringing the death toll to seven.
Dozens of students were taking photos from the hanging bridge when it collapsed Sunday. Authorities rescued 14 students, but say seven more are still missing and feared dead. The students from a medical college in eastern Punjab province were visiting the picnic point of
Kundal Shahi, some 75 kilometers (50 miles) north of Muzaffarabad.
he tragedy occurred when the tourists, many of whom were said to be the students from Lahore, Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Multan, were picnicking along the gushing Jagran Nullah near Kundal Shahi, a town located some 75 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad. Neelum valley is one of the most attractive tourist locations in the AJK, which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from across the country, particularly in the scorching summers.
The area is, however, prohibited to foreign tourists because of its proximity to the heavily militarised Line of Control, the de facto border that splits the disputed Himalayan region between the nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the legislators in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday offered “Fateha’ for those who died in the Neelum Valley sorrowful incident and departed soul of MNA Rajab Ali Khan Baloch. Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani held the Fateha for those students who lost their lives.