Pakistan preparing to evacuate expatriates from Libya

Last Updated: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 21:16

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday said that it was
making arrangements to evacuate expatriates who wish to leave
Libya in the wake of anti-Gaddafi protests in that country.

"Evacuation of Pakistanis by air, land and sea is
being worked for those who wish to leave Libya", said a
statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The Foreign Ministry is in contact with the navy and
air force for evacuation by sea and air.

A group of Pakistanis from Libya has reached Tunisia
and arrangements are being made to bring them to Pakistan.

Another group is moving towards the Egyptian border
and will be received by officials from the Pakistani Embassy
in Cairo, the statement said.

Pakistani embassies in the region were on "high alert"
and have set up situation rooms to cope with contingencies.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani had directed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to
assure the safety of Pakistani expatriates in Libya, the
statement said.

The Foreign Ministry has set up a special task force
that is monitoring the situation and providing assistance to
Pakistani expatriates in Libya.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 21:16

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