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Nawaz Sharif directs PIA to evacuate Pakistanis from Yemen

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ISLAMABAD: Two special planes have been all-set after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered to evacuate stranded Pakistanis from Yemen.

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After the directives of premier, the airplanes dedicated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will take off for Yemen soon after receiving clearance from the Embassy in Sanaa and aviation authorities.

A number of airports in Yemen left passive in the wake of damage caused to the infrastructure of the country.

According to PIA officials, a Boeing 747 which seats 503 passengers is likely to depart for Yemen. They also said that up to 6 or 7 flights will be needed for the purpose of evacuating more than 3,000 Pakistanis in Yemen.

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Earlier, the premier directed the concerned authorities to keep him up-dated regarding situation of stranded Pakistanis in Yemen. As stated by spokesperson of PM House, the premier is monitoring the situation personally.

Advisor to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said estimates were being carried out on war-footing to relinquish more than 3,000 Pakistanis from Yemen would start in next 24-hours.

“The people stranded in Sanna are expected to return by this (Saturday) evening.”

A Pakistani national, Huma Sikander, stranded in Yemen told media that the Pakistani community had been directed to move to the Embassy School by 3 PM and they would be shifted to Hudaidah. She expressed her fear saying that route to Hudaidah was lengthy and pesky.

“Hudaidah is not safe. There was bombing there all of last night,” Huma said.

 

 

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