320 Pakistani Prisoners who were stranded in Malaysia due to foreign airline space closure have been released on 29th May, 2019. The Malaysian government has released those prisoners after completion of their jail terms and they have arrived at the Islamabad airport last night. Prime Minister Imran Khan took a timely action and released fund of around Rs.50 million.
The Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Zulfikar Bukhari were appreciated who was supervising this case.
Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari received all those prisoners to give them a warm welcome from government. These 320 prisoners remained stranded for months in Malaysia as they were unable to afford their return. However, PM Imran Khan ordered to provide Rs. 40 million from Bait-Ul-Mal and Rs.10 million from foreign office.
Very sweet of you to say & extremely humbling. We should never forget how fortunate we are ! https://t.co/SALqpfJci8
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) May 29, 2019
Zulfikar said that these 320 Pakistanis were imprisoned in Malaysia because of their expired visas and residency permits. He said that the government took a great step to release them so that they may be able to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr with their families.
The flight carrying 320 Pakistani nationals arrived at the Islamabad Airport on Wednesday 29th May, 2019 at 10 pm. Families, relatives and friends of the stranded Pakistanis were impatiently waiting outside to receive them.
Dr. Mohammad Faisal, who is a Foreign Office spokesman tweeted that these detainees will join their families on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. Foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi directly supervised the return of these stranded Pakistanis. He said that for this purpose, a special facility cell was created. This cell includes the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, Pakistan International Airline Representative and Bait-ul-Mal Pakistan.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a special cell to facilitate the return. It included reps from PIA, M/O Overseas Pakistanis and Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal. With joint efforts, the flight will land today in th evening at Islamabad Airport. 3/4
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) May 29, 2019
Ghulam Sarwar, Aviation Minister said that these Pakistani nationals were stuck in Malaysia as a result of the closure of airspace after the Pulwama attack and they were sent to the camps for detainees in Malaysia. However, the government of Pakistan remained in contact with the authorities in Malaysia in order to arrange a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Islamabad.
The driving force behind this immediate step before Eid are Mr. Zulfikar Bukahri and PM Imran Khan. This return has given a message across the globe that Pakistan is serious about their citizens and is able to facilitate them in need timely.