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Pakistani plane, ship to bring back 208 Pakistanis from Yemen

Updated April 05, 2015

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Foreign nationals onboard Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT 
after evacuation operation in Al-Mukalla on Saturday, April 04, 2015.— PPI
Foreign nationals onboard Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT after evacuation operation in Al-Mukalla on Saturday, April 04, 2015.— PPI
A child along with his mother onboard Pakistan Navy Ship 
ASLAT after evacuation operation in Al-Mukalla on Saturday, April 04, 2015. — PPI
A child along with his mother onboard Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT after evacuation operation in Al-Mukalla on Saturday, April 04, 2015. — PPI
Pakistan Navy Ship sailing back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen.— APP
Pakistan Navy Ship sailing back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen.— APP
Pakistan Navy Ship has sailed back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen. — APP
Pakistan Navy Ship has sailed back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen. — APP
Stranded families safely taken onboard Pakistan Navy Ship upon completion of immigration formalities. Pakistan Navy Ship has sailed back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen. — APP
Stranded families safely taken onboard Pakistan Navy Ship upon completion of immigration formalities. Pakistan Navy Ship has sailed back for Pakistan after successful evacuation of 147 Pakistani Nationals including men, women and children and 36 foreign Nationals stranded in Al Mukalla, Yemen. — APP

ISLAMABAD: A PIA aircraft will go to Sana’a on Sunday while a Navy ship already on way to Yemen will reach Al Hodeida on Monday to evacuate the remaining 208 Pakistanis still stranded there, in what could possibly be the end of a nine-day evacuation operation.

According to an evacuation update issued by the Foreign Office on Saturday night, 174 Pakistanis are in Sana’a and 34 in Al Hodeida.

Read: Around 500 stranded Pakistanis return from Yemen

A total of 849 Pakistanis have already been evacuated.

PIA will operate a special flight to Sana’a on Sunday to bring the remaining Pakistanis, while a Navy ship will be reaching Al Hodeida on Monday.

“A special PIA flight has been planned for Sana’a tomorrow (Sunday) to bring back the 174 stranded compatriots. An aircraft is on stand by, ground clearances have been obtained, while exemption of ‘No Fly’ restriction is expected shortly,” the FO statement said.

Also read: Over 300 Pakistanis evacuated from Yemen are back home

Meanwhile, the navy ship PNS Aslat that reached Mukalla on Friday, but could not evacuate Pakistanis because of deterioration in law and order situation following the jailbreak there in which Al Qaeda reportedly freed 300 inmates, had to be diverted to the nearby Ash Shihr port. The ship on Saturday evacuated 148 Pakistanis. In addition to the Pakistanis, the ship helped evacuate 35 people of other nationalities. The nationalities of 23 were identified in the FO statement — eight Chinese, 11 Indians and four British citizens. The ship will reach Karachi on Tuesday.

Also read: Another 176 stranded Pakistanis arrive in Islamabad from Yemen

A group of 12 Pakistanis has also been evacuated through land border with Oman. Before the Houthi takeover of Sana’a in September 2014, the statement said, there were some 3,000 Pakistanis living in different parts of Yemen.

“By the embassy’s reckoning, around 1,800 of our expatriates gradually exited the country” over the past few months, it added.

At the time of start of air strikes against Houthi targets by the Saudi-led coalition, the FO said, 912 expressed willingness for evacuation.

So far, 849 have been evacuated.

A Boeing 747 flight brought back 503 Pakistanis on March 31. Subsequently, 186 were evacuated from Aden on board a Chinese vessel to Djibouti and from there to Pakistan by a special PIA flight.

Published in Dawn, April 5th, 2015

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