4901 Pak nationals back from strife-torn Libya so far: Foreign Office

March 15th, 2011 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar 15(ANI): 4901 Pakistani nationals have returned from strife-torn Libya to the country, the Foreign Office has said.

103 Pakistanis arrived from Cairo and six from Algeria on board commercial flights on March 14, Foreign Office spokesman Tehmina Janjua said in a statement.

“On 17 March 2011, a special flight will be operated to bring home 400 Pakistani nationals from Tripoli,” she said.

“This will be the 7th special flight operated by the national carrier. Pakistanis who wish to return to Pakistan from Tripoli are requested to avail of this flight,” she added.

Libya has been in the grip of turmoil since anti-Gaddafi protests began on February 15.

Two days later, the government launched a violent crackdown on protesters, with witnesses reporting that mercenaries had been hired to patrol the streets and fire on citizens indiscriminately with machine guns and heavy weapons.

The use of air attacks against civilian targets have also been reported by witnesses and air force personnel who have refused to carry out those orders.

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi even warned in a surprise televised appearance to “burn all of Libya” if the citizens do not cease protests against him. (ANI)

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