The national airline Thursday afternoon brought back 500 stranded Pakistanis from war-torn Libya Thursday afternoon as part of the evacuation ordered by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Talking to The Express Tribune, PIA’s spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar confirmed that the national carrier was ready to operate more flights to Libya in compliance withthe premier’s instructions.
“With the main airport shut down, the PIA planes now have to operate from an airport near Tripoli which is landing space used by their armed forces,” he said.
While Tajwar could not give an exact figure, social activist Ansar Burney said the numbers of the stranded Pakistanis was around 4,000 to 5,000.
The social activist further requested the prime minister to send a ship to bring back people from Libya.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2014.