A landslide in northern Pakistan on Sunday has buried a minibus under tons of mud and rock, killing all 16 people on board.
Rescue workers dug for hours in hope of finding survivors, but called off the search late on Sunday after recovering 16 bodies, including the driver and four soldiers travelling to their posts, local police officer Wakil Khan said.
The bus was pushed into a deep ditch and buried along a mountainous road while travelling to the scenic town of Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan region from the city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province, he said.
Local administrator Miraj Alam said the bodies were being transferred to the district hospital, and that the Jaglot-Skardu road in the Tangos area where the landslide took place was being cleared.
Road accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly due to insufficient enforcement of safety standards and poor infrastructure, particularly on battered mountain roads.
In March, a passenger bus tumbled off a winding mountainous road and into a ravine in northern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and injuring several others.
Landslides after heavy monsoon rain are also common in the country and cause widespread damage in mountainous areas.
Skardu is located 240 kilometres north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad amid a complex of mountain ranges that includes the Himalayas. The town is the gateway to K2, the world's highest peak, which is visited by large numbers of local and foreign tourists.