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Evacuation of Pakistanis underway from Sudan: FO

Clashes in Sudan despite appeals for Eid ceasefire
Photo: File
Photo: File

The Foreign Office spokesperson has said that Pakistanis stuck in war-hit areas of Sudan have been evacuated to a safer location.

Mumtaz Zahra confirmed the development while speaking to Aaj News exclusively. She said that they would leave the country by ferry or by airplane.

A coordinated plan has been prepared to evacuate Pakistanis, while, Foreign Secretary Dr Asad Majeed Khan is in constant touch with them, she said.

Moreover, she said that contacts were underway with ambassadors of Sudan and neighboring countries, while Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto had contacted the Saudi counterpart and a Pakistani air hostess had reached Saudi Arabia from Khartoum.

The process of evacuation of foreign nationals from war-torn Sudan is underway, while Saudi Arabia has evacuated 91 and other countries have evacuated 66 citizens.

The United States evacuated about 100 people, France 200, while, Oman and Britain also evacuated their diplomatic staff. More than 400 people have been killed in clashes in Sudan so far.

Pakistanis advised to ‘stay indoors’

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch has said that about 1,500 Pakistanis are stuck in Sudan. The embassy has advised them to stay indoors in view of the developments.

“The well-being of Pakistanis remains a key priority of the Government of Pakistan,” she stated before saying that the country continued to follow the “worrying” developments in Sudan and was closely monitoring the safety and security of the Pakistani community there.

The embassy in Sudan remains in close and constant contact with the community and will continue to facilitate them, she said—a claim that Sami to some extent agreed with.

Many Pakistanis in Sudan are living with their families and some have been in the country for more than 20 years, according to Sami. He went on to add that the blue-collar workers, who don’t have a good income, were facing the real problem, as all banks are closed and the sudden eruption of war did not give them time to store food rations.

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