Pakistanis stranded in KSA, Greece return home

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

16th Dec, 2020. 01:43 pm

Around 139 Pakistanis deported from Saudi Arabia and 30 deported from Greece returned to the country on Wednesday.

According to the details, Pakistanis deported from Greece landed at the Islamabad International Airport whereas those who deported from Saudi Arabia landed at the airport in Multan.

The Civil Aviation had allowed chartered flights after the foreign ministry received a request from the Embassy of Greece.  The Saudi Arabia flight was reportedly carrying Pakistanis accused of criminal activity.

In addition to this, it is expected that the United Kingdom will send back 43 Pakistani nationals to Islamabad today. The director of air transport of the CAA had approved a NOC for the flight, directing those onboard the flight to strictly follow COVID-19 SOPs.

It may be recalled that in November this year, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi said in a statement that more than 200 Pakistan nationals returned home.

“As part of the High Com­mission’s ongoing efforts to assist Pakistan nationals in India, including those stranded due to the Covid-19 pandemic, today, more than 200 Pakistanis were repatriated via Attari-Wagah border,” the statement said.

It said that in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other authorities concerned in Islamabad, including the Ministry of Interior, the High Commi­ssion would continue to extend all possible assistance to the remaining Pakistanis in India seeking to return home as Attari-Wagah border was closed for regular movement due to coronavirus.

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