Evacuation operation to continue till return of last Pakistani: Asif
Defence Minister received 176 Pakistanis who were evacuated from Aden and airlifted from Djibouti
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has assured that the remaining stranded Pakistanis in Yemen will be evacuated in the next few days.
He was talking to the media persons after receiving Pakistanis who reached Islamabad airport from Djibouti this afternoon.
176 Pakistanis, who were stranded in crisis hit Yemen, were brought to Djibouti by a Chinese ship.
The Defense Minister said most of the Pakistanis have been evacuated from Yemen. There a few hundred Pakistanis left in Yemen and they all will be evacuated soon. He said the Prime Minister is personally monitoring the evacuation operation which will continue till the last Pakistani is safely lifted from Yemen.
Khawaja Asif said there are Pakistanis in Sanaa and Mokallah. He said he has requested the Saudi authorities to provide a corridor for the transportation of Pakistanis from Sanaa to Al-Hudaida. From there, these Pakistanis will be airlifted through the PIA plane.
Responding to a question, the Defense Minister said the government is pursuing a two pronged strategy on the Yemen issue. He said Pakistan on the one hand stands committed to the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia and on the other hand we are also using the option of contacting the Muslim countries in order to find a peaceful solution to the issue.
He said a joint session of the parliament has also been convened to debate and evolve a broad national consensus on the issue.
On the occasion, the evacuated Pakistanis were warmly welcomed by the Defense Minister, Special Assistant on Aviation Shujaat Azeem and their family members.
The evacuated people appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's personal interest in the evacuation of Pakistanis from Yemen.
Talking to the media, Special Assistant on Aviation Shujaat Azeem said PIA is ready to airlift the remaining Pakistanis stranded in various parts of Yemen.
He said planes are ready to take off any time on the directive of the government and we are waiting NOC from Yemen for the airlift of Pakistanis.