Sanam Saeed and Shamoon Abbasi might have returned to Pakistan but their worries are far from over. Earlier, Sanam took to Instagram to thank the government for their untiring efforts in bringing the stranded Pakistanis back from Thailand.
However, once the 300 passengers touched down Benazir Bhutto International Airport, they were informed to have been accommodated in Ramada Hotel free of cost until they were tested and quarantined.
According to Sanam and Shamoon, that is when their ordeal began and now their stay has become more 'stressful' and 'suffocating' than they had expected.
Taking to Twitter, the Cake star narrated the events since they landed on April 14.
"Updates after landing 14th night. Exit plane in an organised fashion. Walkthrough thermal screening. Get luggage. Wait in line to board a bus going where? Oh, hotel Ramada. It's decent. Get disinfected with a spray machine and check-in. Test the next day. So far so good," she shared.
Updates after landing 14th night.— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 16, 2020
- exit plane in an organized fashion.
- Walk through thermal screening. Get luggage. -Wait in line to board a buss going where?
- Oh hotel Ramada. It's decent. Get disinfected with a spray machine and check in.
- test next day. So far so good.
She then added that the passengers were asked to pay or be shifted to the Hajji camp.
- Hotel staff in protective suits checked us in one by one. Long but safe process.— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 16, 2020
- Appointed officials in suits patrol the corridors to ensure everyone stays in.
- Food is brought to the doors at PKR 1000 per meal.
- Not tested yet. Been told to wait another 6 days suddenly.
She went on to add that the travellers were misinformed and stressed. "Travellers were nervous and financially exhausted after managing two weeks of lockdown abroad. PIA ticket back cost 111k each. Embassy assured people upon arrival the Govt will accommodate us free of cost while we wait two days for test and results," Sanam added.
Day 2/3— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 16, 2020
- feeling very suffocated in a windowless room. Fresh air is necessary to purify the atmosphere and body.
- Suddenly, asked to pay upfront for the week last night or be packed off to Hajji Camp by 10pm till tested.
- Travellers were not prepared for these surprises.
The Zindagi Gulzar Hai star went on to write, "We understand the Govt is doing their best to manage the situation. But stranded travellers need to be better informed of what to expect. Embassy must clearly state stay options and costs. People need to be mentally, physically and financially prepared."
Misinformed— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 16, 2020
- Travelers already stressed, nervous & financially exhausted after managing 2 weeks of lockdown abroad.
- PIA ticket back cost 111k each.
- Embassy assured people upon arrival the Govt will accommodate us free of cost while we wait 2 days for test & results.
Sanam concluded by asking the officials to give better information.
"The Govt needs us to do our part and follow instructions strictly. Deviant behaviour causes the next batch trouble. Don't be selfish. Please ensure that appointed officials provide better, accurate information instead of giving false hopes."
A message— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 16, 2020
- the Govt needs us to do our part and follow instructions strictly.
- Deviant behavior causes the next batch trouble. Don't be selfish.
- @ndmapk@PTIofficial please ensure that appointmented officials provide better, accurate information instead of giving false hopes.
Shamoon also shared a similar happenings of events.
"Strange dealings after arriving at Ramada Hotel Islamabad," he penned on Facebook.
"After the ordeal of two weeks in Thailand, we pushed the govt and the PIA to let us come back to Pakistan. We are thankful to them for helping us and the other 300 people that arrived in Pakistan," he said. "At the airport, we were told that we will be staying in Ramada hotel (which we didn't ask or demanded) and were told that this includes our stay and food."
The Waar actor then added how they were told that they would get tested the next morning but were later informed that the tests wouldn't be possible for the next six to eight days.
"No one is above anyone but this absurd attitude of the hotel management is very disrespectful," he went on. "We demand a clearer picture about why we haven't been tested yet as we were already spending our time in quarantine abroad. And why the hotel management is threatening us every ten mins to leave the hotel and go to the Haji Camp?"
"I would want the govt and authorities to look into the matter as we have been witnessing videos posted from everyone since morning from different hotels," Shamoon asserted. "Kindly find the time to share this post as this situation is getting out of control now.
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