PM directs for early evacuation of detained Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Pakistani Ambassador to Russia to make comprehensive plan for early evacuation of 84 Pakistanis detained in Moscow, Aaj News reported.

He also directed Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatimi to remain in touch with Pakistani Ambassador in Russia.

Around 48 Pakistanis have reached Turkey from Russia while 84 Pakistanis are still in detention at Moscow Airport. The PM has taken notice of this issue.

The spokesperson to PM has asked the ambassador to personally resolve the issue of Pakistanis and make arrangements to send them back their home as soon as possible.

The Foreign Office said the issue was also being taken up by Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Russian Embassy in Islamabad.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the stranded passengers were served with food and were being looked after appropriately. They will be repatriated by evening today.

The Pakistanis who were earlier repatriated were in transit in Istanbul and the Pakistan Mission in Turkey was in touch with the relevant quarters to ascertain welfare of the passengers and ensure their early repatriation to Pakistan.