Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be bringing back hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims who have been reportedly stranded on Doha airport for more than 48 hours.
The dispute between gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, with Qatar has put Pakistani pilgrims in trouble as more than 200 of them traveling through Qatar Airways are trapped at Doha airport.
Their flight was scheduled to reach Jeddah via Doha, but it has stuck in Doha after the Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, and the airline had to suspend all its flights to Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the airline officials have neither arranged any contacts between the passengers and Pakistan embassy, nor given them the schedule of next flight. The Umrah performers, wearing ihrams, have been stranded at the airport for hours. The airline has not even issued hotels to these passengers.
The pilgrims told that the crew of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) came, gave them consolations, and went away. The passengers have demanded government to take notice of this matter and take measures to bring them back as soon as possible.
Earlier, PIA CEO Nayyar Hayat in a statement directed that special flights be arranged to Doha to bring back Pakistani pilgrims stranded there.
Hayat asked the country manager to coordinate with the Pakistanis stranded in Qatar. PIA officials in Doha have also been directed to contact the Pakistan Embassy in Doha