Dozens of Pakistanis are stuck at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports after the government of Pakistan announced that it is suspending all international flights to Pakistan till April 4.
Pakistan’s deputy consul-general in Dubai confirmed to SAMAA Digital that there are at least 25 Pakistanis stuck at a terminal at Dubai airport.
The parents of Aqsa Mansoor, a SAMAA Digital team member, are among them. She said that her parents were scheduled to return to Pakistan on March 21 but Emirates cancelled their flight after the country suspended all international flights to Pakistan.
“They have been told by the immigration office in Dubai that it’s not their fault if Pakistan is closing flights,” she said.
Pakistan’s deputy consul-general in Dubai said the embassy has requested the UAE government to extend the visas of Pakistani travelers for two weeks but they have yet to receive a response.
“We are setting up a help desk at the airports to facilitate the passengers,” he said.
Aisha Farooqui, the spokesperson for Pakistan’s Foreign Office, told SAMAA Digital that her office has issued instructions to the embassies and missions to facilitate the Pakistanis abroad. The numbers of focal persons are on the FO’s website, she added.
Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, the special assistant to the prime minister for overseas Pakistanis, said that the government is aware of the issue and embassies will contact local authorities to help Pakistanis abroad.