Govt taking steps to evacuate Pakistanis from Libya: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said that the government of Pakistan is taking steps to evacuate its nationals stranded in Libya.

Talking to BBC, Tehmina Janjua said that a special task force has been set up in the Foreign Ministry to monitor the situation in Libya round the clock and to provide assistance to Pakistani expatriates.

She said that majority of the Pakistanis in Libya were those who had been settled there since long and it depended on their own will as to whether they wanted evacuation from there.

Pakistan embassy in Libya is in touch with all the Pakistanis or their community leaders through telephone, email and SMS, she added.

She said that they have been told to restrict their movement while according to the information available so far all Pakistanis in Libya are safe and the Foreign Ministry is also making a contingency plan for the evacuation of these people when it is so required.

Tehmina said that there are around 18,000 Pakistanis working in Libya and if the situation deteriorates, the government would respond immediately to bring them back.