Pakistan starts evacuation of nationals stranded in Libya

Pakistan starts evacuation of nationals stranded in Libya

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan has evacuated hundreds of its nationals stranded in Libya in view of the deteriorating security situation there, officials said Thursday.

Thousands of Pakistani nationals had been stuck up in Libya and their evacuation has been started on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan International Airlines has started Special flights to Libya to bring back the standard Pakistanis and the first Boeing 747 relief flight, carrying 500 Pakistanis, arrived Thursday at Lahore airport, an official statement said.

A PIA spokesperson said that more flights to Libya will be operated on the instructions of government of Pakistan.

The Foreign Ministry said Pakistan Embassy at Tripoli is assisting stranded Pakistanis to evacuate and in the last few days has already facilitated evacuation of over 2500 Pakistanis to Tunisia.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson said a Crisis Management Cell (CMC) has been established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to monitor the evolving security situation in Libya and to coordinate efforts for evacuation of Pakistani Diaspora.

The embassy from its interaction with the community has indications that the number of Pakistanis who may have to be evacuated is between 3,000-6,000.

Since no Libyan airport is operating at the moment, the Pakistani Embassy in Tunisia is making arrangements for Pakistanis to get Tunisian visa on arrival at the border from where they will be able to take flights for Pakistan.

The Pakistani Embassy in Tripoli has already registered a large number of Pakistanis and referred their documents to Tunisian authorities for visa on arrival.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy in Tripoli once again advise all Pakistanis in Libya to contact the embassy and inform the embassy personnel about their location and get registered, if not already done so.