Most of detained Pakistanis released in Libya

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has been making sincere and hectic efforts to provide relief to the affected Pakistanis in Libya and Pakistan Embassy is continuing with its hectic efforts to get all detained Pakistanis released from Libyan jails.

Giving details, Foreign Office spokesperson said out of the total 175 Pakistanis detainees, 107 have been already got released. She said the case for release of 68 Pakistani detainees at Tavesha detention centre, where clashes were ongoing between rival militias, was already in process.

The number of Pakistanis in the relief camps set up by Pakistan Embassy has now jumped to 1700 and is increasing on daily basis. The spokesperson said additional flights to bring back the stranded Pakistanis were scheduled for later this week following the prime minister's instructions, 509 Pakistanis stranded in Libya were brought back home last week through a special PIA flight.

Over 2000 Pakistanis had been evacuated by land routes through neighbouring countries earlier. The spokesperson said at a time when the security situation in Libya had deteriorated sharply and many essential services become dysfunctional, conducting this massive operation was been a formidable task. It was only made possible by exceptional cooperation among Pakistan's Embassy in Tripoli, PIA, Aviation Division, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The spokesperson said a Crisis Management Cell set up in the Foreign Office was coordinating this gigantic relief and evacuation operation, necessitated by the resumed in-fighting in Libya which had an expatriate Pakistani community of around 18000. "A number of additional flights are being organized to evacuate thousands of stranded Pakistanis in Libya," she added.

She said over 1200 Pakistanis, mostly destitute, were currently housed at the relief camps set up by the Pakistan Embassy in Libya and the number was increasing by the day.

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