Muscat: 280 Pakistani nationals who requested to return to their country have been successfully repatriated by the Embassy of Pakistan in Oman.
Two passenger flights, through Pakistan International Airline, were arranged by the Embassy in coordination with the authorities in Pakistan.
Talking exclusively to the Times of Oman, KK Ahsan Wagan, Ambassador of Pakistan in Oman said that the operation went smooth with the help of both Pakistani and Omani authorities while facilitating two special commercial flights for the repatriation of Pakistani nationals in the country.
"I am extremely grateful to the government of Oman for their assistance in facilitating us with the repatriation of the first batch of Pakistani nationals in Oman.
"The two flights that were scheduled today for Faisalabad and Karachi, carrying 140 passengers each, went very smooth and departed at the scheduled time," the ambassador said.
He added that the passengers on these flights were chosen on the basis of urgency, and soon will be operating more flights.
"We have registered more than 3000 applicants who wish to return back to Pakistan. In our first batch, we repatriated those passengers who were on visit visas and their visas have expired and others having medical emergencies/medical conditions.
"I encourage all Pakistani nationals across Oman to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Committee, Ministry of Health and other government departments who are working round the clock for our safety and well-being. We are working closely with the concerned Pakistani authorities to arrange a few more flights for smooth repatriation of remaining passengers," Wagan said.