Special PIA flight brings back 165 stranded Pakistanis from Syria

A special flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) landed at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi late night on June 13, carrying 165 stranded Pakistanis from Aleppo, Syria.
Every year, thousands of Pakistani pilgrims visit Syria to pay their respects at the shrines of Hazrat Zainab, the grand-daughter of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as other family members and companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) who are buried there.
The pilgrims were left stranded after the runways of Damascus airport were severely damaged by Israeli air strikes on June 10.
The runways are unusable/out of service due to Israeli air strikes at Damascus airport and thus the flight operations to Syria had been completely suspended.
However, the PIA had operated a special flight on instructions of the Aviation Minister after Pakistan’s ambassador to Syria requested the government and the PIA CEO for early evacuation of the stranded Pakistanis.

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