The Pakistanis stuck in Istanbul, in the wake of recent developments in Turkey, have all been facilitated in their safe return to Pakistan, Foreign Office said.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria Sunday said that the Pakistan embassy and consulate general in Istanbul immediately established two emergency help lines and deputed a team of officers at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.
He said that the missions liaised closely with the Turkish Airlines (THY) and arranged deployment of bigger aircraft and additional flights to bring back these Pakistani nationals numbering several hundred.
According to him, a total of four Turkish Airlines flights were operated on 16 July to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
“We are grateful for the cooperation and assistance extended to our missions by the Turkish Airlines and the other relevant Turkish authorities,” Zakaria said, adding that as a result of these intense efforts, the backlog of Pakistanis in transit has been fully cleared and several hundred Pakistani nationals have safely travelled back to Pakistan.
With the Turkish Airlines resuming completely normal operations, the residual issues, if any, would also be resolved, he said.
He further said that the Prime Minister, who had issued special instructions to assist the Pakistanis stuck in transit at Turkish Airports, was kept in picture by his special assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi. -Business Recorder