149 Pakistani from Sudan arrive in Karachi, FO reports

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The Foreign Office (FO) reported on Friday that the first group of 149 Pakistanis evacuated from Sudan, where violence between the army and paramilitaries has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, landed in Karachi.

“The first batch of 149 Pakistanis evacuated from Sudan arrives safely in Karachi,” the statement said.

In a tweet, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari welcomed the first batch and vowed to continue work “until every Pakistani in Sudan is evacuated and brought home safe at the earliest”.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Airbus and C-130 Hercules aircraft flew the stranded Pakistanis out of Sudan via Jeddah.

Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu has directed the PAF transport fleet to quickly evacuate stranded Pakistanis from conflict-torn Sudan in accordance with the prime minister’s instructions.

As per reports, today is also likely to see the arrival of a second PAF plane bringing Pakistanis from Sudan.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan’s embassies in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, the PAF worked to return stranded Pakistanis.

The evacuated families thanked the government and the Pakistan Air Force for their prompt rescue amidst the rapidly deteriorating situation in Pakistan after making it to Pakistan safely.