The next phase in the repatriation of Pakistanis stranded abroad during the coronavirus pandemic is reported to start today.
According to the report, FM Qureshi informed a parliamentary committee responsible for the matter that 39,748 Pakistanis have applied to return to Pakistan.
The Foreign Minister was quoted in the report as saying that 1,640 Pakistanis have so far been returned on 12 special flights. He said greater efforts are being made to bring stranded Pakistanis back in this next phase of flight.
During this phase, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will repatriate more than 1,800 Pakistanis stranded in various locations around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the PIA, flights will operate from today until April 19.
A PIA spokesman said aid flights to Manchester will be carried out on April 17 and 18.
On April 17, PIA flights PK-8852 and PK-8894 to Seoul will start, while on April 18 a special flight from Karachi to Jakarta will start.
Another flight on April 17 will return Pakistanis from Dubai, while PIA will fly PK-784 from Toronto to Karachi on April 19.
PIA sources previously said that two flights are being carried out today to bring 400 Umrah pilgrims back from Saudi Arabia.
One of the flights will land at Multan while the other will land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore.
Another flight will fly to the UAE and will return 410 recently released Pakistani prisoners. The flights land in Faisalabad and Peshawar.
Aid flights bring 270 stranded passengers from Thailand and Japan to Islamabad.
Two more flights will return 360 Pakistani prisoners from Oman on April 15 and 16.
The national airline had previously announced that it would operate relief flights to return stranded Pakistanis. If you would like to make a booking, you can contact the PIA offices, website and call centers. Tickets can also be purchased in Pakistan based on the information available.