Pakistan says 350 nationals were on boat that sank off Greece

A handout photo of the overcrowded fishing boat before it capsized with hundreds on board. [HELLENIC COAST GUARD / HANDOUT VIA REUTERS]

At least 350 Pakistanis were on an overloaded boat that capsized and sank in open seas off Greece last week, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday.

The boat with a capacity of 400 people had over 700 people on board, he told the country's parliament, adding that a total of 281 Pakistani families had contacted the government to seek help.

Another 193 Pakistani families have taken DNA tests to try to identify those who died in one of Europe's deadliest shipping disasters in recent years, he said.

Hundreds of people from countries including Egypt, Syria and Pakistan were crammed on the 20- to 30-metre-long fishing boat when it sank about 50 miles from the southern town of Pylos.

Pakistan's economic meltdown in recent months has spurred more people to risk their lives to reach Europe in search of a better future.

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