Dubai: The Pakistani Embassy has warned members of the public about ticket fraud because some un-grouped travel agents offer to book tickets on ‘special flights’ from the UAE to Pakistan.
“Flights between the UAE and Pakistan have been suspended and there have been no announcements of special flights from the UAE to Pakistan so far,” said a statement issued by the Embassy on Tuesday. The statement said that the embassy would announce if there were plans to operate special flights. There will also be an official announcement every time normal flight operations between the UAE and Pakistan continue.
“This is to inform members of the Pakistani community in the UAE that some agents offer tickets for ‘special flights’ from the UAE to Pakistan. Beware of such people and instead contact the relevant airlines to confirm flights before buying any tickets, “the embassy statement continued.
The Pakistani Consulate General in Dubai also warned the community about its Twitter grip. “The Pakistani Consulate General in Dubai has not yet announced special flights to Pakistan from any airline. The consulate will not be responsible for purchasing the ticket, “the consulate tweeted in Urdu and English.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s diplomatic missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai continue to register those who wish to return to Pakistan. Registration is done only through online resources, including the mission website and on their Facebook account. Diplomatic missions advise people not to visit consulates or embassies for registration.
Thousands of Pakistanis were stranded in the UAE after flight operations were stopped after the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
An embassy spokesman said Gulf News that Pakistani data is being collected to help the government make their repatriation plans. He said preference would be given to people who were stranded here on a visitor visa or those who had canceled their work permits or lost their jobs.
According to the latest data collected on Tuesday, about 25,000 people so far registered with the Pakistan mission show interest in returning home the earliest. This includes around 20,000 people in Dubai and around 5,000 in Abu Dhabi.
An embassy official has also warned residents not to pay any amount to register with the consulate. “Some people complain that some typing centers charge Dh50 to Dh70 fees as ’embassy or consulate fees’ for submitting their registration forms,” he said. He explained that the embassy or consulate did not charge a registration fee.
A senior official at the Foreign Ministry in Pakistan told me Gulf News that the government has prepared a plan to evacuate stranded Pakistanis from around the world. Some flights have been operated. However, he was unable to provide a date for continuing flights to the UAE or operating special flights from the UAE to Pakistan. Pakistan has extended the suspension of flights until April 14.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s mission in the UAE continues to distribute food rations among those in need. Any member of the Pakistani community who needs food can contact the consulate or embassy.
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