Lahore: A special flight landed in Lahore from Tripoli today’s morning, carrying 260 Pakistani passengers, said in a statement made by the Foreign Office spokesperson.
Since August 13, 2014, this was the 7th special flight of its nature that was operated by the Government of Pakistan for their assistance for the evacuation of thousands of Pakistani who have been stranded in Libya.
With this fresh arrival, the total number of Pakistanis airlifted back to the native land have became 1,987.
“Around 1,500 destitute Pakistani presently housed in relief camps set up by the Pakistan Embassy in Tripoli are still awaiting evacuation. Additional flights have been planned for the coming weeks to ensure that all stranded Pakistanis who are being supported in emergency accommodation are brought back to their homes at the earliest, as per Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directive,” the statement said.
The spokesperson memorized that out of a total Pakistani expatriate community of 18,000, around 8,000 have been severely affected by the outbreak of violence in Libya.
Among those, more than 2,700 were helped to flee the motherland via entering to the neighboring countries from borders then to Pakistan. The evacuation expense was paid by the government.