Oman Air plane fly in over 100 Pak prisoners
April 17, 2020 07:40 PM
A flight of Oman Air carrying more than 100 Pakistani prisoners landed at Karachi International Airport on Friday, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
The flight was part of the government of Pakistan’s plan to bring back the stranded Pakistanis and the prisoners freed by the host governments.
On Wednesday last, a special flight carrying 189 Pakistani prisoners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed in Peshawar who were immediately shifted to a quarantine centre.
These Pakistanis were in the UAE jails under different charges. They would get all the necessary medical facilities during their stay at the quarantine centre in Peshawar.
The Civil Aviation Authority had allowed the aircraft to land after the UAE announced a free flight to Peshawar.
These Pakistanis were transported by a FlyDubai – a Dubai-based airline – flight which returned empty after delivering the Pakistani prisoners in Peshawar.
It is worth noting that many Pakistanis in the Middle East countries have lost jobs after the lockdown was imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In this connection, Zulfi Bukhari – special assistant to the prime minister – told 24NewsHD anchor Nasim Zehra in her show that 6,515 Pakistanis had lost their jobs in the UAE.
However, some media reports have suggested that the number of unemployed Pakistanis is around 10,000.
Separately, a special PIA flight landed in Islamabad as it evacuated 266 Pakistanis who were stranded in Bangkok for the past several weeks.
They were shifted to the hotels designated as quarantine centres after a team of doctors screened them and collected samples for coronavirus testing. Those with negative reports would later be allowed to go to their homes.