Four flights carrying 430 Pakistanis arrive from Istanbul

Karachi/Islamabad/Lahore—Four flights carrying 430 Pakistanis present in Istanbul reached Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. Pakistanis reached Lahore through Turkish airline flight; meanwhile 165 Pakistanis reached Islamabad through fourth Turkish airline flight. According to officials one flight of Pakistan International Airlines will also reach Istanbul.
Prime Minister Mian Muhammad 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.—SABAH

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