Over 230 Pakistani nationals repatriated from Qatar

Passengers were sent to quarantine centres under the supervision of provincial health department's teams


​ Our Correspondent April 29, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

More than 230 Pakistani nationals were repatriated via a special flight of Qatar Airways on Wednesday.

The special flight QR-602 flew the stranded citizens from Doha to Peshawar.

The passengers were sprayed with disinfectant by Civil Aviation Authority's officials, and also medically examined and screened by automated scanners upon their arrival.

They were later sent to quarantine centres under the supervision of provincial health department's teams.

Some of the passengers were quarantined in government centres, while others were shifted to a private hotel.

Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) continues to provide relief flights to various countries.

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The national carrier's spokesperson confirmed that an emergency flight, PK 8871, would depart from Islamabad for Hong Kong on Thursday (April 30) morning.

"Passengers wishing to travel to Hong Kong should contact PIA offices or call centres in Pakistan immediately," PIA spokesperson said.

On April 28, Pakistani nationals, stranded in Sri Lanka since the start of the lockdown, were repatriated from the island nation.

The repatriation of the 50 individuals was made possible after coordinated efforts of Pakistan High Commission and Sri Lankan authorities.

The returning citizens thanked their government for bringing them back to their country.

They also expressed their gratitude to the Pakistan High Commission for ensuring the welfare and well-being of community members in these difficult times.

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