Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight carrying 169 Pakistani pilgrims stuck in Syria due to Israeli airstrikes has arrived in Karachi.
The Aeroplan, which left for Syria on special orders from Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, landed at Jinnah International Airport around 11 p.m., according to details.
The passengers were first taken by bus from Damascus to Aleppo, where they boarded the flight, according to a PIA representative.
According to him, Pakistan’s ambassador to Syria had requested that the government and the national carrier dispatch a flight to remove the stranded Pakistanis.
It’s worth noting that over 300 Pakistanis have been stuck in Syria. The PIA airline will transport 160 zaire back to their homeland, while the remaining 140 will journey to Iraq on their own.
After Israeli forces bombarded Damascus airport, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the authorities to secure the quick repatriation of Pakistanis stuck in Syria.
The PIA had halted flight operations to and from Damascus following an Israeli airstrike on the Damascus International Airport a few days ago, which damaged both of the airport’s runways.