Islamabad: Flight operations to bring Pakistani nationals stranded across the globe – due to the prevailing pandemic situation – will start today, a news source reported. A week-long repatriation flights will continue between April 4 and April 11.
In this regard, the National Coordination Committee approved a plan, according to which 17 flights will bring back the stranded citizens. As per the reported plan, citizens held up in transit would be given priority. Second on the list are those having visa complications and lastly the overseas studying abroad.
While speaking to media, Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that all of these passengers would be tested for COVID-19 at the airport. Earlier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) brought back stranded Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and Thailand.
Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told media that the national flag carrier plans for repatriation from Tashkent, London, Baku, Toronto, Istanbul and Kuala Lampur.