ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: So far 24,466 stranded Pakistanis have been repatriated from more than 35 Countries in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Foreign Office said.
In her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our Missions across the World continue to provide Overseas Pakistanis with relief and assistance wherever required.
The Spokesperson said that our Embassies and Consulates are working round the clock in facilitating the repatriation of our citizens back home in accordance with a comprehensive repatriation plan devised in consultation with all stakeholders.
Aisha Farooqui said that the weekly number of nationals returning home has been steadily increased from 2,000 to about 7,000 per week.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that in the past few days, 570 Pakistani nationals were brought back from the United States on two special PIA flights. These are the first two of the six special charter flights arranged for our stranded citizens in the United States, she added.
“We thank the authorities in the US for their cooperation in safe repatriation of our nationals through these special flights,” she said.
In addition to these, in the past week, 263 nationals returned home safely from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, 120 from Bangladesh, 108 from South Africa and several neighboring African Countries including Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, 65 from six European Countries (Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Czech Republic).