The Foreign Office (FO) said on Thursday that they have brought back 214 of the 260 Pakistanis stuck in China via different flights.
As many as 260 passengers of Shaheen Air were reported stranded in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou as the flight could not take off. According to FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, efforts are underway to bring back the remaining Pakistanis.
“Reports saying that Pakistanis have been detained due to visa expiry are incorrect,” said the FO spokesperson. “Shaheen Air is attending to the remaining 46 passengers. Of them, only 15 passengers have an expired visa.” He said that the Pakistani consulate is in touch with the Chinese authorities to sort out the visa issue. “The private airline will arrange for their return to Pakistan on alternative flights,” he said.
According to Dr Faisal, two passengers who were interrogated by Customs officials had spread the rumours about detention.