ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday took note of the issue of stranded Pakistanis in Moscow and directed all possible assistance to help them return home at the earliest.
“On the directions of the Prime Minister, efforts are on to provide all possible assistance to the Pakistanis stranded at Moscow’s Airport,” a statement from the Foreign Office said.
The Foreign Office said Pakistan’s Ambassador in Moscow was in constant contact with the Russian authorities for consular access, which has been granted, while a Russian speaking Embassy official was also meeting the stranded passengers.
Earlier, the prime minister directed his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi to expedite assistance to the Pakistanis to help them return home.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was keeping the Prime Minister Office updated on the situation.
The FO said the issue was also being taken up by Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Russian Embassy in Islamabad.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the stranded passengers were served with food and were being looked after appropriately. They will be repatriated by evening today.
The Pakistanis who were earlier repatriated were in transit in Istanbul and the Pakistan Mission in Turkey was in touch with the relevant quarters to ascertain welfare of the passengers and ensure their early repatriation to Pakistan. …APP