ISLAMABAD, Apr 26 (DNA): A special flight of Pakistan International
Airlines (PIA) Sunday repatriated 250 stranded Pakistanis from
Pakistan High Commission in Canberra along with its consulates in Sydney
and Melbourne coordinated their return. Consul General of Pakistan,
Melbourne, Sardar Adnan Rashid saw off the stranded Pakistanis at the
The Consul General said repatriation of Pakistanis manifested the
commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Government of Pakistan
to reach out and look after welfare of Pakistani diaspora across the
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had also directed all
Pakistani missions abroad to facilitate the repatriation of Pakistanis
who desire so, he added.
The returning Pakistanis thanked the Government of Pakistan, the High
Commission and the Consulates General for arranging repatriation to
They also expressed satisfaction on the efforts being put in by the
Pakistani missions in Australia for the welfare and well-being of
community members faced with financial and allied difficulties in the
wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The same PIA flight, PK-8963, had landed in Melbourne on Saturday for
the first time in history with more than 300 passengers on board.
The national airline is consistently serving the nationals trapped in
foreign countries due to suspension of the flight operations following
the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
On April 22, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had decided to
operate 53 special flights from next week to facilitate Pakistanis
It must be noted that more than 11,700 nationals have been brought back
to Pakistan through 104 special flights.
The PIA spokesperson said in a statement that the nationals returned
home through PIA special flights operated in Saudi Arabia, Canada,
France, Turkey, Japan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United Kingdom
The national flag-carrier is still continuing special flight operations
to bring back more Pakistanis trapped in foreign countries following the
suspension of flight operations due to coronavirus pandemic. DNA