218 Pakistanis reach Karachi from Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Two Turkish airline flights carrying 218 Pakistanis stranded in Turkey after a failed attempted military coup, landed on Sunday at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.The flight TK-708 reached Karachi at 3 AM from Istanbul with 150 passengers. The second flight reached the city at around 8 AM today.

It has been learnt that two more flights will reach Islamabad and Lahore today, while a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)  flight will also reach Istanbul.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make all-possible arrangements for the return of nearly 200 Pakistanis stranded in Turkey, after the security condition of the country deteriorated following a military-attempted coup late on Saturday.

The PIA chairman had announced that a Boeing 777 would be sent to Istanbul to bring back stranded Pakistanis.Early on Saturday, Over 250 people were killed and more than 1500 wounded as a faction of Turkish military revolted against the democratically elected government late last night.

The move was shortly followed by the President Erdogan urging the people to take to streets. A large number of masses thronged streets of Ankara and Istanbul forcing rogue soldiers to retreat.


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