ISLAMABAD: A special flight repatriated 53 stranded Pakistanis from Republic of Chad, a country in central Africa, back to their homeland, said the official statement issued on Sunday.
Ambassador of Pakistan to Chad and Sudan, Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra, informed that the 52 stranded Chadian nationals in Pakistan were also evacuated to their country via goodwill flight.
According to the envoy, Chadian national paid gratitude to the Pakistani government and expressed their delightedness for enjoying unmatched hospitality and comfort in Pakistan for more than two months.
"The Returning nationals of Chad were profusely thankful over Government of Pakistan's kind gesture for arranging their evacuation under very challenging circumstances," the statement added.
Ambassador Sarfraz conveyed his thanks to Chad embassy in Khartoum for swiftly arranging flight clearance.
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He specifically praised Pakistan's honorary consul Dr Zakaria Ousman in Chad "for his central role and dedicated efforts towards Embassy's outreach to stranded Pakistanis in Chad for their wellbeing, comfort and evacuation".
Ambassador also thanked Tabligh Markaz, N'djamena's cooperation for generously hosting visiting Pakistani members for many weeks, said the official communique.
Earlier, 501 stranded Pakistanis in Sudan were repatriated to Pakistan by two PIA special flights on May 2 and 16 this year with the concerted efforts of the embassy and support of the government of Republic of Sudan.
With this total number of repatriated Pakistanis from Sudan and Chad stands at 555.
"Ambassador congratulated the embassy team who worked selflessly for this noble cause."