Pakistan International Airlines is starting a special flight operation from Saturday. Reportedly, the airline will bring stranded Pakistanis from various countries in 17 flights between 4th to 17th April.
More so, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed that they will bring back stranded nationals in phases. Priority would be given to those held up in transit, followed by those, whose visas were expiring. However, Pakistanis working or studying overseas would be third on the priority list, informs Mr. Qureshi.
Meanwhile, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, said the PIA had operated special flights to bring back stranded Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and Thailand.
“Plans for repatriation from Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Tashkent, Baku, Baghdad, London and Toronto have been finalized, while plans for the repatriation of our nationals from other destinations is also under active consideration. As this is a dynamic and evolving situation, these plans will be reviewed regularly,” says Aisha Farooqui.
Furthermore, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that all the passengers returning back would be tested for coronavirus at the airports. Meanwhile, they will stay in the quarantine facility until the result comes.