258 more Pakistanis evacuated from Libya

Published: September 9, 2014
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A man, wearing military fatigue, using a machine gun mounted on a truck during fightings between rival militias around Tripoli international airport. PHOTO: AFP

A man, wearing military fatigue, using a machine gun mounted on a truck during fightings between rival militias around Tripoli international airport. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A special chartered flight on Tuesday brought 258 more Pakistanis stranded in Libya back home, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

The flight, the sixth so far since August 13, landed in Lahore on Tuesday afternoon. This brings the total number of Pakistanis evacuated from Libya to 1,727.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around 1,800 people are still waiting to be evacuated, housed in relief camps set up by the Pakistan Embassy in Tripoli.

Flights are planned during the coming week to bring them back to their homes “at the earliest”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said.

The statement added that all required support and sustenance is being provided to Pakistani nationals in Libya.

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  • Zeeshaan
    Sep 10, 2014 - 2:20PM

    The embassy in Libya is not doing any thing to verify the people who want to evacuate. Some of the families and individuals who were evacuated actually were going on leave to spend holidays in Pakistan. Where as deserving people who have waited for so long are still waiting. Ministry for Foreign affairs should put restriction on any one coming back to Libya must prove how they went to Pakistan. Or some sort of condition to punish any one who went to Pakistan on these free flights.

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