Over 18,000 Pakistanis brought back from various foreign shores: FO
More than 18,000 Pakistanis have been brought back from different foreign shores by the Government.
Most of them-a little over 13,000-returned on PIA-operated special flights. About approximately five thousand stranded Pakistanis returned on flights run by other airlines.
Those who came back include 7,384 pilgrims. A special PK-786 flight from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) brought back 286 more stranded Pakistanis from Dubai to Karachi Tuesday.
The flight disinfected after landing at Karachi airport and the passengers went through a screening process and then transferred to the quarantine center.
For now all passengers and members of the crew have quarantined at a nearby hotel.
Earlier it announced that by May 9, 103 flights would be operated by national flag carrier to repatriate stranded Pakistanis from the UK, UAE, France, Germany, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Muscat, Malaysia and Oslo.
Furthermore, Aisha Farooqui, spokesperson for the Foreign Office, said earlier that Pakistani embassies operating in 100 countries are providing overseas Pakistanis with every possible support.
She said in an interview the embassy workers had distributed food products among the vulnerable families residing in the Gulf countries, in addition to providing them with financial help.
The spokeswoman said financial assistance has been extended to those Pakistanis facing extreme trouble in Bangkok, Turkey, and the US.
She said embassy staffers have also provided assistance to stranded Pakistanis waiting for repatriation at airports.
She said the priority is given to those Pakistanis whose visa period has expired.