150 Pakistanis board Pakistan Navy vessel from Yemen

Published: April 4, 2015
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Doubt still remains about whether Pakistan will join the Saudi-led coalition. PHOTO: AFP

Doubt still remains about whether Pakistan will join the Saudi-led coalition. PHOTO: AFP

YEMEN: With the ongoing conflict in Yemen underway, 166 stranded Pakistanis boarded a Pakistan Navy ship at Shahir Port on Saturday to be brought back home, Express News reported. 

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on social networking site Twitter said, the Navy vessel had sailed from Mokallah for Karachi 30 minutes ago.

The government has been making efforts to safely bring back stranded Pakistanis home amid rising tensions in the conflict-ridden state.

Read: First PIA aircraft carrying stranded Pakistanis from Yemen arrives in Karachi

The immigration process of the 166 Pakistanis at Shahir Port has been completed, Express News reported. The stranded Pakistanis will shortly board a ship that will take them to the Pakistan Navy ship that will bring them home.

 

On Friday, 176 stranded Pakistanis arrived in Islamabad from Yemen in a special flight.

Speaking to the media at the Islamabad Airport, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that there are around 300-350 more stranded Pakistanis in Sanaa and Mukalla.

“If we are allowed to send a flight to them, we will definitely do so,” Asif said.

Read: Should Pakistan be party to the Saudi-Yemen conflict?

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday that Saudi Arabia is Pakistan’s close friend and the government attaches great importance to its security and territorial integrity.

During a meeting held with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, the premier said Pakistan was seriously concerned about the deteriorating situation in Yemen.

He said both Pakistan and Turkey had close relations with Saudi Arabia, agreeing to standby Riyadh in its hour of need.

Read: Yemen crisis: Pakistan, Turkey agree to stand by Riyadh, says PM Nawaz

“We have agreed to extend all possible support for the defence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Nawaz.

“We must make all possible efforts to resolve this issue,” he added.

Davutoglu said Turkey was maintaining contacts with Saudi Arabia, saying both Pakistan and Turkey were ready to play their role for bringing stability in the region.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Ashraf
    Apr 4, 2015 - 4:06PM

    Thanks to Almighty… is that Shahid Afridi in the photo?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 4, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Unfortunately we have paid for their stupidity.Recommend

  • Indian SoLder
    Apr 5, 2015 - 1:34AM

    Pakistani Air Defense Radar:’ Unknown aircraft, you are in Pakistani airspace.
    Identify yourself.’
    Aircraft:’ This is an Indian aircraft and I am in international airspace.’
    Air Defense Radar:’ You are in Pakistani airspace… If you do not depart
    our airspace NOW, we will launch interceptor aircraft!’
    Aircraft:’ This is Su-30 MkI, armed with nine R77 BVR missiles. Send ’em up, I’ll wait
    Air Defense Radar:(no response …. total silence)!Recommend

  • Faryal Minhas
    Apr 5, 2015 - 1:37AM

    thanks to govt for saving us and giving us relief from misery of Yemen life. Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Apr 5, 2015 - 11:41AM

    No media outlet bothered to ascertain and appreciate the fact that

    Pakistan Navy also rescued non Pakistanis from

    Yemen including Hindustanis whose Navy

    keeps killing and arresting our

    fishermen from our

    territorial

    watersRecommend

  • Apr 5, 2015 - 8:16PM

    The Mki SU30 is a wonderfull russian fighter aircraft as even dogs are flying itRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 6, 2015 - 8:09AM

    @Indian SoLder:
    Btw what are you doing here?Recommend

  • Raghavan
    Apr 6, 2015 - 8:26PM

    @Lord of the Ring:
    And Indian Navy ships rescued people from 28 countries, including those from Pakistan, UK, US, France, Sri Lanka, Belgium.

    This is a humanitarian crisis and ships are pulling out people to safety irrespective of national origin.Recommend

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