Tag Archives: stranded citizens

Special repatriation flights from the US will begin on May 10 | Instant News


->

PHOTO: AFP / FILE

ISLAMABAD: In collaboration with the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the government will operate special charter flights starting May 10 to repatriate displaced Pakistanis from the United States, while five special flights will bring displaced citizens to Pakistan from Qatar in the next two weeks . .

According to a press release of the Pakistani embassy in Washington on Thursday, two special flights will operate from Washington DC – first to Islamabad on May 10 and second to Karachi on May 13. Dates for other flights from Newark Airport, New Jersey to Lahore, will be announced later.

In addition, the government will operate three more flights from the US for the repatriation of Pakistanis. “Date, cities of origin and destination in Pakistan will be announced in due course,” the embassy said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) on Pakistan Overseas and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari indicated on Thursday that five special flights would bring displaced citizens to Pakistan from Qatar in the next two weeks.

The decision regarding Pakistan’s repatriation from the US is immediate

Speaking to the Pakistani community via teleconference, he said 5,500 Pakistanis were trapped in Qatar because of the closure of international flights amid the corona virus pandemic. He added that 700 dismissed Pakistani workers would be repatriated and their travel expenses would be borne by their employers.

“These unemployed Pakistanis will be given jobs through the Kamyab Jawan program,” he added. SAPM promised to send two public welfare attaches to Qatar in the coming days, said a press release issued by the foreign ministry.

The virtual town hall meeting was arranged by the OP & HRD ministry to inform the public about the decision taken by the government to provide assistance to the Pakistani diaspora after coronavirus. The meeting was attended by more than 50 people including Pakistani embassy officials.

.



image source

The Afghan authorities are taking back citizens stranded in border cities with Pakistan | Instant News




ANI |
Updated:
May 7, 2020 13:22 IST

Landi Kotal [Pakistan]May 7 (ANI): Thousands of Afghans, mostly sick women and children, stranded in extreme conditions near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for nearly a week, were allowed to cross into their countries, via Torkham Border, officials said.
About 4,000 displaced Afghans, who crossed on Wednesday, have lived in two mosques in Landi Kotal Bazaar in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, commercial buildings and abandoned railways near Torkham Border in the Federal Regulated Tribal Territory (FATA), Dawn reported on Thursday.
They come to Pakistan for treatment or are employed by construction companies in various cities in Punjab and Islamabad.
Official at Torkham Border quoted as saying that the majority of Afghans do not have official travel documents but are permitted to return to their countries without undergoing a proper immigration process.
Local police and border forces organized their return process in an organized manner to avoid busyness and traffic jams at the border crossing.
Returning Afghans are made to sit in groups, observe social distances according to anti-coronavirus operating procedures and are allowed to cross borders in a disciplined manner.
The Khyber tribal district administration, however, was not given prior information about the ‘deportation’ of stranded Afghans. Officials said that there was no official announcement about their return for Wednesday and the district government was not notified of the return procedure.
Customs officials at Torkham also said that 85 trucks loaded with fruits and vegetables were allowed to cross into Afghanistan on Tuesday, while 81 other containers carrying goods were also allowed to cross the border on Wednesday.
Pakistan has previously allowed limited permits to resume trade relations with Afghanistan through Torkham Border, part of the steps put in place to tarnish the spread of coronavirus.
The national count of COVID-19 patients jumped to 23,655 on Thursday with 8,693 cases reported in Punjab, 8,640 in Sindh, 3,712 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,663 in Balochistan, 386 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 485 in Islamabad and 76 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. This virus has claimed 545 lives while around 6,217 coronavirus patients have recovered so far. (ANI)

.



image source