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261 stranded Pakistanis brought home from Libya


ISLAMABAD: As many as 261 more stranded Pakistanis were brought back from Libya by a special chartered flight on Tuesday.
The flight from Tripoli, which landed at Lahore, was chartered on the special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, read a Foreign Office statement.
The statement also read it was the fourth special flight organised so far, to evacuate Pakistanis from Libya, where security situation had deteriorated rapidly in the last few months, following the commencement of hostilities among rival militias.
Thousand of Pakistanis were displaced trying to flee from the rampant violence and got stranded. Pakistan’s Embassy in Tripoli set up various relief camps, presently housing over 3000 nationals.
Besides three PIA flights already operated, special chartered flights had now been arranged, since the commencement of Hajj season had limited the ability of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights to Libya. 
The embassy in Tripoli has devised a transparent registration mechanism to queue up the stranded Pakistanis for the ongoing chartered flights, which are likely to run on a daily basis during the next 10 days.
A FO spokeswoman said the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) had been advised to facilitate the arrival of evacuated Pakistanis and provide them all support for onward travel. 
The OPF has set up a focal point in the foundation and accordingly facilitation desks will be operated at the respective airports, she added. 
It may be recalled that a crisis management cell had been set up by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to organise the massive relief and evacuation operation for over 6000 Pakistanis severely affected by the current spate of instability and violence in Libya.
The smooth functioning of the ongoing effort has been greatly helped by the excellent cooperation provided by the Finance Ministry, Aviation Division and OPF. 

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