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PIA to begin flying UAE-based Pakistanis home on Saturday

Pakistan's consulate in Dubai has received over 40,000 requests for flights

PIA to begin flying UAE-based Pakistanis home on Saturday

PIA flights will be available from April 18 onwards,

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will begin repatriating Pakistani nationals home on Saturday, it has been announced.

In a video message posted to Twitter, Pakistani consul-general Ahmed Amjad Ali said that the diplomatic mission has received over 40,000 requests to fly home from expatriate citizens living in the UAE.

“From April 18 onwards, PIA flights will be available. Please understand that there is limited capacity,” he said. “Even when you reach Pakistan, there are limited tests and quarantine capacity.”

Plans called for the repatriation flights to happen in phases that take into account the country’s capacity to handle the influx, such as quarantine facilities.

“Everyone can’t go at once and everyone’s turn will come,” the consul-general added.

In the meantime, the consulate has delivered supplies to 8,500 Pakistanis across the country, although 11,000 more have yet to receive them.

“There is a curfew and we are facing a little difficulty to deliver the rations, but we aim to reach everyone and we request you to be patient,” he added.

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