ISLAMABAD- The emergency flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying at least 180 more Pakistanis who were stranded in

Libya reached the country today morning

Talking to media persons Pakistan's ambassador to Libya Lt. Gen (r) Javed Zia said around 8,000 Pakistanis stranded in Libya have been brought back to their homeland through 13 different flights since the government launched an evacuation operation on August 14.

The first emergency flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 500 Pakistanis had arrived in Lahore on Aug 14. Terming the evacuation as one of the biggest and successful operations, the

envoy said it was only made possible due to the timely response by the


Zia said a crisis management cell had been set up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to monitor the security situation in Libya. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also allocated Rs 400 million for safe and smooth airlifting of the nationals stuck in Libya, he added.

According to a report, as many as 8,000 people out of an estimated 18,000 living in Libya, were stranded and thus being accommodated in relief camps. The Pakistani embassy in Libya has been making immense efforts to repatriate Pakistan nationals in Libya at the earliest.