ISLAMABAD- Foreign Office spokesperson Tuesday rejected media reports regarding closure of embassies in Islamabad, clarifying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had neither received nor issued any such advice.
The spokesperson said, “Keeping with our responsibility to protect all diplomatic missions and personnel, the government has directed security agencies to take necessary precautions for the security of the diplomatic missions in Islamabad.
Spokesperson further said that the embassies had also been advised to exercise caution while moving around in the city.
More stranded Pakistanis evacuated from Libya
A special chartered flight is bringing back another group of hundreds of stranded Pakistanis from Libya to Lahore.
According to a Foreign Office statement, the flight left Tripoli, capital of Libya, Tuesday as fourth special flight organised so far to evacuate Pakistanis from Libya where security situation has deteriorated rapidly in the last few months, following the commencement of hostilities among rival militias.
The statement said thousands of Pakistanis were displaced trying to flee the rampant violence and got stranded. To provide relief to these compatriots, the Pakistan embassy in Tripoli has set up various relief camps presently housing over 3,000 nationals.
Besides three PIA flights already operated, special chartered flights have now been arranged, since the commencement of Hajj season has limited PIA’s ability to operate flights to Libya. The embassy in Tripoli has devised a transparent registration mechanism to queue up the stranded Pakistanis for the ongoing chartered flights, which are likely to run on a daily basis during the next 10 days.
Overseas Pakistani Foundation (OPF) has been advised to facilitate the arrival of the evacuated Pakistanis and provide them all support for onward travel. The OPF has set up a focal point in the foundation accordingly and facilitation desks will be operated at the respective airports. It may be recalled that a crisis management cell had been set up by the ministry of foreign affairs to organise the massive relief and evacuation operation for 6,000 Pakistanis severely affected by the current spate of instability and violence in Libya.
The smooth functioning of the ongoing effort has been greatly helped by the excellent cooperation provided by the ministry of finance, aviation division, and OPF, in keeping with the prime minister’s instructions.