Malaysian HC rescues 54 Pakistani passengers stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 22(APP): 54 Pakistani nationals stranded on Kuala Kumpur Airport while travelling to Pakistan were fortunately rescued by High Commission of Pakistan in Malaysia.

Pakistani passengers as scheduled to travel by Thai and Emirates airlines were stranded after airlines refused to allow boarding in wake of restrictions on air travel to Pakistan.

The situation became complicated as the passengers had already completed immigration formalities and were waiting for boarding. After airlines’ refusal to allow boarding, the passengers were left stranded.

On receipt of information, the High Commission immediately mobilized its officers to reach out to the Malaysian Immigration authorities to facilitate the re-entry of stranded Pakistanis.

After concerted efforts, the Mission was able to accomplish re-entry of all the stranded Pakistani passengers.

After securing the release from the airport around midnight, the stranded passengers were accommodated in a local hotel and provided meals.

It may be noted that a Movement Control Order banning all non-essential movement and social interaction has been in place since 18 March in Malaysia.

The role played by First Secretary/Community Welfare Attache Ghulam Haider and Counselor to Afzaal Tahir  to mitigate a humanitarian situation is highly commendable.

VNS, Islamabad

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