With the tense situation of Arab Emirates, many Pakistanis are waiting to come back while they are unable to do so. On Saturday Pakistani officials said they were preparing to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic staff stranded in Yemen; and two planes are on standby for them.
“Pursuant to the directive of the prime minister, the government of Pakistan is making all necessary arrangements for immediate evacuation of Pakistani community members and embassy personnel from Yemen,”said in a statement from the foreign office.
There are around 3,000 Pakistanis in Yemen and the foreign office said stranded citizens were being taken to safer cities from where special PIA flights will be arranged to bring them home.
A convoy of 12 buses would transport 500 people to the western port city of Hudaidah on Saturday, it said, with two PIA planes on standby.
“We are also in contact with all neighboring countries of Yemen for evacuation of Pakistanis there without visa by any safe means,” it said in a tweet.
Pursuant to the directive of the prime minister, the government of Pakistan is making all necessary arrangements for immediate evacuation of Pakistani community members and embassy personnel from Yemen. Foreign Office
In an earlier tweet, the foreign office said it was facing problems evacuating stranded citizens, with the main airports dysfunctional while routes to operating airports and the sea were unsafe.
Pakistani television channels aired live Skype and telephone interviews with citizens left in lurch in Yemen who complained that they were being threatened by rebels.
On Friday, Pakistan’s defense minister said it was ready to defend Yemen’s “territorial integrity” but had not yet decided to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Shiite Houthi rebels.
The media reports say hundreds of Pakistanis are on the rocks and waiting to be rescued. The miserable condition of them has distressed many people and wishing to bring those stone broke bring back to our land sooner and safely.