Pakistanis stranded abroad to be brought back by July 20: Aviation Minister

Federal Minister for Aviation – Ghulam Sarwar Khan has announced that Pakistanis stranded abroad will be brought back by July 20th this month.

Addressing the National Assembly (NA), Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan apprised that all Pakistanis left stranded in Europe, Middle East and all across the world will soon be brought back to the country via special flights by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA.

According to the federal minister, 54,116 Pakistani nationals have been brought back to the country from various parts of the world through especial flight operations.

Overseas Pakistanis are our precious asset and they are contributing immensely to the country’s economy as their remittances reached US$ 29 billion mark in the previous fiscal year.

The especial flights will primarily bring back Pakistani nationals from Doha, Bahrain, Dubai and Sharjah in four days.

PIA will be using Boeing 777 instead of Airbus for these flights, said Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

The development comes as government aims to bring back Pakistanis left stranded due to COVID-19 related traveling restrictions before Eidul Azha.

Between July 9th to July 11th, two flights will bring back 722 passengers from Bahrain. Meanwhile, six flights will be operated for Qatar’s capital Doha to bring back 2,016 Pakistanis between July 6th and July 18th.

Ten flights will be operated for UAE bringing back 3,394 passengers between July 5th and July 16th.