ISLAMABAD: Another special flight of Air Libya left Tripoli and reached Lahore on Tuesday with 259 Pakistanis on board.
The special flight which was tenth in this connection, chartered by the Government of Pakistan on the special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to bring back stranded Pakistanis from Libya, said Foreign Office Spokesperson in a statement issued here.
She said this brings the total number of special flights operated so far to 10 and the total number of Pakistanis airlifted from Libya to 2769.
Meanwhile, the number of Pakistanis that have been evacuated through land routes from bordering countries has reached 2700 and this brings the overall figure of stranded Pakistanis who have been successfully evacuated from Libya to 5469.
Foreign Office Spokesperson said over 500 destitute Pakistanis are still being supported in the relief camps, set up by Pakistan Embassy, waiting to be repatriated in the coming days.
She said additional special flights will be planned accordingly. The spokesperson said 54 prisoners were freed from Tawesha Jail, located in the epicentre of ongoing fighting in the western zone of Libya.
She said this release of last batch of imprisoned Pakistani brings the total figure of compatriots got freed from various Libyan jails, since March 2014, to 280.
This not only signifies that almost all the Pakistani prisoners in Libya are now free, but also underlines the dedication to duty shown by the Pakistan Embassy in Tripoli in accomplishing a daunting task in a record time.
All possible efforts are being undertaken to ensure the safe return and rehabilitation of the released prisoners at the earliest, said the spokesperson.