PIA continues to evacuate people from Afghanistan

APP News Agency

27th Aug, 2021. 05:29 pm

A total of 7,629 people from different nationalities have been evacuated from Afghanistan so far through air and land routes.

“Pakistan continues to evacuate diplomatic staff and foreign nationals including the personnel of international institutions stranded in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover of Kabul on August 15,”a statement said.

Pakistan International Airline, the national flag carrier, has so far (till August 26) evacuated 6,578 people from Kabul airport including the personnel of foreign embassies, missions and important international institutions.

With a total of 1,051 people evacuated via Torkham border, the number of Pakistani nationals evacuated so far stood at 987 including 104 by air.

Around 350 passengers including around 250 staff members of the World Bank were brought back to Islamabad aboard two Boeing 777 flights on Monday. So far around 1100 Pakistanis have been brought back home from Afghanistan.

Other passengers included foreigners and local Afghans attached with several international organizations, Afghan Wireless communication, Vimco Imtiaz construction company, Sky aero logistics, those working with the embassy of the Philippines were evacuated from Kabul.

Twin suicide bombs ripped through crowds outside Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 85 people including 13 US troops and deepening panic in the final days of an already frenzied evacuation effort from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, left scenes of carnage outside the airport where thousands of Afghans desperate to flee their country had massed.

They had swarmed around the airport despite a flurry of foreign government warnings -– made just hours before — that a major terror attack was imminent.

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