Islamabad,  (Parliament Times) : On the direction of honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan and under supervision of honorable Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination of relevant stakeholders including Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & HRD/OPF has started evacuation of Pakistanis stranded in Sudan.
Earlier today, a PIA flight transported 93 Pakistanis who had been stranded in Sudan from Riyadh to Islamabad. The officials of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation and Civil Aviation Authority were present to receive the passengers and provide hospitality. Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Political and Public Affairs, Mr. Amir Muqam, were present at the airport to greet and welcome the passengers.
The sudden eruption of violence between the military and the well-armed Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group on April 15, 2023 has triggered a humanitarian crisis. This emerging situation in Sudan necessitated repatriation of around 1500 Pakistanis who were stranded in Sudan for their safe evacuated amid growing security concerns.
Pakistan Mission, Khartoum has started evacuation of stranded Pakistanis from Khartoum to Port Sudan through Saudi naval vessels and Pakistan Airforce C130s and Airbus for their onward evacuation to Saudi Arabia and subsequently to Pakistan.
As of today, more then 700 stranded Pakistanis have safely arrived in Pakistan on special flights of Pakistan Airforce.
Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) on the direction of Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi has established facilitation desk at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad to facilitate Pakistanis being repatriated from Sudan. In addition, OPF Airport Facilitation Counters at all international airports in Pakistan have also been instructed to remain vigilant and to provide necessary facilitation /assistance to the overseas Pakistanis being repatriated from Sudan. The OPF Airport Counters are operative 24/7.
Necessary facilitation is being provided to returning Pakistanis at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad in coordination with Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Repatriated Pakistanis are being assisted in their inland travel expenses to reach their destination in Pakistan along with provision of meals. Facility of transport is also being provided to reach train/bus terminal from airport.
In the instant, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & HRD and Overseas Pakistanis Foundation under the guidance and directions of Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, are closely following this repatriation of Pakistanis from Sudan and remain committed to facilitate them for their safe, secure and swift return to their home towns in Pakistan.

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