"we are trying to guide them under the difficult situation."
Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, PIA has planned repatriation flights for Pakistani nationals stranded in Ukraine, with the first two flights to leave for Poland on February 27, 2022.
PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said that the airline had drawn up a flight plan to evacuate Pakistani nationals.
He said: “The preparations have been made to send two flights to Poland from Pakistan on Sunday.”
It is likely that the flights will land in Warsaw because there were insufficient arrangements at the airports near the Poland-Ukraine border, especially in Lublin.
Mr Hafeez continued: “The Pakistani embassy in Ukraine is not only contacting all those Pakistanis who want to return to the country but also providing them all-out information in this regard.
“The PIA management is also in contact with the Foreign Office and officials of the Pakistani embassy.”
Around 2,000 Pakistanis, many of whom are students, are expected to receive help.
They will gather in the Ukrainian city of Ternopil. The Pakistani embassy will then transport them to Poland where they will fly back to Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Dr Noel Israel Khokhar said many nationals had already been evacuated and efforts were being made to help those who are still stranded.
He said: “Some 500-600 are left and the embassy is in the process to evacuate them safely.
“All Pakistanis are safe and we are trying to guide them under the difficult situation.”
On the evacuation process, Dr Khokhar said 62 people, including 21 relatives of the embassy staff had already been evacuated, while 59 people were on the Ukraine-Poland border crossing and another 79 people, including 67 students and 12 family members of embassy staff, were on their way to the border.
Approximately 100 students from Kharkiv were travelling to Poland via train, while 20 students were being evacuated from Kyiv via a bus arranged by the embassy.
Dr Khokhar added:
“Facilities are being provided for further transit of those Pakistanis who intended to leave for Pakistan or any other destination.”
Separately, the Pakistani embassy in Bucharest has created a helpline that is dedicated to helping Pakistanis who are stranded in Ukraine.
In coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, arrangements are also in place for the immediate issuance of visas, further onward transit and medical assistance, while accommodation arrangements have also been made in the Romanian capital Bucharest.
A team from the Pakistani embassy in Budapest, Hungary, left for the town of Zahony to meet 15 Pakistanis.
The embassy is in contact with three other groups who had indicated the possibility of reaching on February 28, 2022.
Previously, the Pakistani embassy in Ukraine had met with 23 Pakistani students at the Lviv facilitation desk, arriving from different Ukrainian cities.