"Bodies, injured will reach Kathmandu from Kabul by Wed"

KATHMANDU: A Nepal Airlines aircraft will bring the injured and the bodies of 12 Nepali citizens, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, to Kathmandu by Wednesday, according to Spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govinda Mani Bhurtel.

Earlier today, the Government of Nepal had decided to charter and send an aircraft for the repatriation of the June 20 Kabul suicide attack victims.  The Nepal Airlines aircraft is flying to Kabul this evening.

Speaking to reporters in Kathmandu this afternoon, Bhurtel informed that two of the seven injured Nepalis are in a critical condition.

The government is mulling to take the two to New Delhi for further treatment, he said.

Moreover, Nepal will take a decision whether to stop granting permission for foreign employment in Afghanistan after probing the June 20 incident and analysing the findings, he told the media corps gathered at the Reporters Club in Kathmandu.

If it is found out that the Nepalis were targeted intentionally then the Government of Nepal may decide to close Afghanistan as a labour destination, according to him. He, however, was of opinion that one or two cases would not affect such a decision.

Bhurtel further explained that the Government of Nepal considers the host country's economic, human rights and security situation while opening a labour destination.