High Commission rescues 54 stranded Pakistanis

By Staff Reporter
Monday – March 23, 2020
ISLAMABAD: On receipt of information, Pakistani high commission, in Malaysia, immediately mobilised its officers to reach out to the Malaysian immigration authorities to facilitate the re-entry of stranded Pakistanis; after concerted efforts, the mission was able to accomplish the re-entry.

According to an official statement, on Sunday, at least 54 Pakistani nationals scheduled to travel to Pakistan by Thai and Emirates airlines were stranded at Kuala Lumpur international airport, on Saturday, after airlines refused to allow boarding in wake of restrictions on air travel to Pakistan.

The situation became complicated as the passengers had already completed immigration formalities and were waiting for boarding. After airlines’ refusal to allow boarding, the passengers were left stranded.

Pakistani high commission in Malaysia owes profound thanks to the Malaysian authorities for their support. After securing the release from the airport around midnight, the stranded passengers were accommodated in a local hotel and provided meals.

It may be noted that a movement control order banning all non-essential movement and social interaction has been in place since March 18 in Malaysia. 

The role played by First Secretary/Community Welfare Attache Ghulam Haider and Counsellor Afzaal Tahir, to mitigate a humanitarian situation is highly commendable.

“We are highly grateful to the government of Malaysia for their understanding and support especially under the grave circumstances,” the official statement concluded.