ISLAMABAD - Turkey has joined hands with Pakistan in its efforts to rescue thousands of Pakistani expatriates stra-nded in Libya, diplomatic sou-rces said on Sunday. Well-placed sources told The Nation that Pakistan had declared its embassy in Ankara as a focal centre to rescue Pakistani expatriates by using the services of Turkish shipping lines. The sources were of the view that option had emerged as the most viable one among the air and land plans after a crucial meeting of President Zardari with his Turkish counterpart during his recent visit to Kuwait. The sources were of the view that Pakistanis wishing to leave Libya would be ferried to Turkey and from there they would be brought to Pakistan by air. It has become imperative, as air services to and from Libya remain suspended due to crisis in the distressed African country. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have directed the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to ensure safety of Pakistani expatriates in Libya. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said that in implementation of this directive the ministry of foreign affairs had set up a Special Task Force that was working around the clock to monitor the situation and provide assistance through Pakistani embassies in Tripoli and the region to Pakistani expatriates in Libya. She said Pakistans embassies in the region were on high alert. Situation rooms have been set up in these embassies. Evacuation of Pakistanis by air, land and sea is being worked for those who wish to leave Libya, she added. She pointed out that a group of Pakistanis had already reached Tunisia and was being looked after for evacuation to Pakistan by Pakistani embassy in Tunis. Likewise, she said that a group of Pakistanis was moving towards the Egyptian border and Pakistani embassy in Cairo would receive them and make arrangements for their evacuation. The foreign ministry is also in close contact with Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force for evacuation through sea and air, she concluded. Meanwhile, taking serious notice of delay in evacuation of Pakistanis stranded in Libya, Chairman National Assembly standing Committee on Human Rights has asked Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clear its position on the issue. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken no concrete measures yet. Evacuation of Pakistanis from Libya is necessary as thy are in miserable condition, said Chairman NA Standing Committee on Human Rights MNA Riaz Fatyana while talking to The Nation. Fatyana said that formal letter would be dispatched to the concerned ministry today (Monday), in which questions regarding delay in evacuation were mentioned. Members of four to five Pakistanis families, whom relatives are stuck in Libya, are much worried as they have not been in contact with them for the last many days, he said, adding that the unrest situation further enhanced when telephonic and email contacts were cut off. Quoting the emails and telephonic contacts, as informed by some of the families, the chairman said that stranded Pakistanis had asked for evacuation. He said that now cell phones were not working in Libya and foreign language issue was also creating much problem for stranded Pakistanis in this unpleasant situation. He further said that their lives were in danger and embassy had not so for taken required steps for their immediate rescue and evacuation. It has been reported that around 1,000 people have been killed for the last two weeks in restive Libya.