PIA flies back 253 from Baghdad

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 10, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Another special flight of Pakistan international airlines (PIA) carrying 253, stranded Pakistani, passengers departed from Baghdad for Islamabad, Tuesday, the total number of repatriated Pakistanis has thus reached 645 including 81 prisoners.

According to an official statement, the Pakistani envoy to Iraq, ambassador Sajid Bilal saw off the passengers at the airport.

The entire embassy staff assisted the passengers in their safe arrival at the airport, check-in and completion of other departure formalities.

While chanting patriotic slogans at the airport the passengers also expressed their deep appreciation to the embassy for the excellent services they received for their repatriation.

The ambassador also thanked the government of Iraq (GoI) for their valuable support in facilitating the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis.

Earlier on May 16, 2020, in pursuance of government of Pakistan’s (GoP) directives to repatriate Pakistanis stranded abroad, another special flight of PIA carrying 257 passengers left Baghdad for Islamabad at 2:56 AM.

Most of these Pakistanis are employees of multinational oil and gas companies, international organisations and non government organisations (NGOs).

In view of the lockdown due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the embassy also made arrangements for safe and timely arrival of these Pakistanis at the Baghdad international airport from various cities of Iraq.

Pakistani ambassador Bilal and the embassy staff were present at the airport to ensure smooth flight operations and to see off the passengers.

The passengers expressed their gratitude to the GoP for the special flight for their repatriation.

The also conveyed their appreciation for immaculate arrangements made for their safe return.

At this occasion, the ambassador also conveyed his gratitude to the GoI for their valuable support in facilitating the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis.