Islamabad- A group of 176 Pakistani nationals, who had been stranded in the war-torn Yemen, arrived in Islamabad today.

A Pakistan International Airlines plane had air-lifted the stranded Pakistanis in Yemen, from Djibouti early in the morning. These stranded Pakistanis were brought to Djibouti through a Chinese ship on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Special Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujjat Azim received the passengers at the Benazir Bhutto International airport, when dozens of their relatives welcomed them.

The Foreign Ministry says there were around 3000 Pakistanis in Yemen. There are close to 2000 left on the country’s Embassy’s advice and remaining who did not leave at that time are being evacuated now.

Some of these Pakistanis are settled there who have their businesses and jobs and some of them are married to locals.