Special PIA flight leaves for Karachi from Washington DC
A special PIA flight departed for Karachi on Thursday from Washington DC, US.
The flight is one of six special flights between the U.S. and Pakistan to repatriate stranded Pakistanis.
The flight holds 232 passengers and is scheduled to land in Karachi. Pakistani ambassador Asad Majeed Khan gazed at the passengers off.
He told the media that another flight would leave New Jersey on May 17 for Lahore.
Any Pakistanis who wishes to return home can contact their embassy or high commission, he said.
By running more special flights, the Pakistani government hopes to get thousands of Pakistanis back home. Foreign and domestic flight operations in the country were suspended to curb the spread of coronavirus.
PM Imran Khan’s adviser Moeed Yusuf said earlier this week there are about 130,000 Pakistanis abroad who want to come back to the country.
Pakistanis being brought back to the country are kept in quarantine centers or hotels until they are tested for the virus.