US charter flight brings back 150 stranded students

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – May 13, 2020
ISLAMABAD: A special charter flight arranged by the United States (US) government departed for Lahore, Monday, carrying around 150 Pakistani students, who had been in the US on various US funded exchange programmes including the global undergraduate exchange programme (UGRAD), Fulbright, Humphrey, and the Kennedy-Lugar youth exchange and study (YES) programmes.

According to an official statement, this is in addition to over 65 Karachi-bound exchange students, who returned Pakistan via Qatar Airways, last week.

The ambassador of Pakistan to the US Asad Majeed Khan bid farewell to the students at the Dulles international airport (IAD).

Ambassador Khan thanked the US government, particularly the state department for arranging the repatriation of students to Pakistan and for taking care of the wellbeing and safety of these young students, particularly during COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.

The ambassador also appreciated the patience and resilience of the students while the governments of the US and Pakistan finalised their travel arrangements.

The charter flight arranged by the US government is in addition to the 6 Pakistan international airlines (PIA) special charter flights being operated by the government of Pakistan (GoP) for the repatriation of Pakistani citizens stranded in the US.

US state department officials were also present on the occasion.

Separately, according to an official statement, on Tuesday, a special PIA charter flight carrying stranded Pakistanis will depart from Newark, New Jersey (NJ) for Lahore on May 17, 2020.

This will be the third such flight by the GoP to bring back stranded Pakistanis from the US.

In addition, the GoP has advised PIA to plan and operate more flights from the US for repatriation of the Pakistani citizens.

Dates, cities of origin and destinations in Pakistan will be announced in due course of time.

All Pakistani citizens who wish to take these flights and have not yet registered with Pakistan embassy in Washington DC or its four consulates in the US are requested to immediately contact nearest Pakistani consulate on hotlines which are already provided.

Schedule related details can also be obtained from PIA through its website (www.piac.aero) and call centre +92-21-111-786-786 (or on www.covid.gov.pk).


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