Large number of Pakistanis evacuated from war-hit Ukraine

The Pakistan Embassy in Ukraine has safely evacuated a large number of stranded Pakistani students and nationals despite the difficult situation following Russian forces’ attacks on key cities of the country.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Ukraine Dr Noel Israel Khokhar, in a voice message on his Twitter handle, said that there were about 3,000 students in Ukraine and the bulk of them had been safely evacuated.He said some 500 to 600 were left in the war-hit country and the embassy was in the process to safely evacuate them. The ambassador said that they were making hectic efforts despite ordeals and difficulties in Ukraine.“All Pakistanis are safe and we are trying to guide them under the difficult situation,” Khokhar said, citing closure of flights, banking systems and non-availability of transport and fuel.

Despite all these difficulties, he said they had evacuated bulk of the students and would be able to evacuate the remaining few ones. “We are in close contacts with the students,” he added.

Sharing the latest details, the ambassador said a total of 62 people including 21 family members of the embassy staff had already been evacuated whereas 59 people were on the Ukraine-Poland border crossing.

He said that another 79 people including 67 students and 12 family members of embassy staff were on their way to Ukraine-Poland border. A batch of 104 students from Kharkiv was arriving via train while 20 other students were being evacuated from Kyiv on a bus arranged by the embassy.

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