KARACHI: The PIA flight, which was carrying stranded passengers in Syria due to the Israeli bombing of the Damascus Airport, has landed at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
The flight reached Karachi at 11pm with 169 passengers on board.
The flight departed on the special directives of Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.
The PIA finalised plans to send a flight to Syria after a request made via a letter by the Pakistani envoy in Damascus. The letter addressed to the PIA CEO and the Government of Pakistan.
On Sunday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari directed immediate repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in Syria due to suspension of flight operations.
In a message, the foreign minister directed the Pakistan Embassy in Damascus to ensure immediate repatriation of stranded Pakistanis.
On Saturday, Syria had confirmed major damage; including to runways at the Damascus International Airport, after it closed for repairs due to Israeli air strikes.
The transport ministry said in a statement that runways were out of service.
Since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes against its neighbour; targeting government troops as well as allied Iran-backed forces and fighters from Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah.