By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 9 August 2014:
“Pakistan is standing shoulder by shoulder with the Libyan people during their hour of need”, stressed . . .[restrict]Pakistani ambassador Javed Zia to Libya Herald in Tripoli today.
“Pakistan is planning to facilitate and evacuate those destitute Pakistanis caught up in the areas of conflict who have actually asked for help in getting out of Libya, he stressed”
However, the overwhelming majority of the 10,000 to 12,000 Pakistanis living, working or married in Libya are choosing to remain in Libya, the ambassador explained.
This statement from the Pakistan embassy comes after Libya Herald had reported on Wednesday that the Pakistan Foreign Office had announced on Monday that it would assist its nearly 6,000 citizens in obtaining Tunisian visas, making it possible for them to evacuate by land to Tunisia where they could board flights back to Pakistan.
Moreover, unlike many other countries, the Pakistani government has not called on all its citizens to evacuate Libya at this time, ambassador Zia explained
In fact the Pakistani school is making arrangements to open its doors for regular school on time, all things being equal.
The ambassador stressed that Pakistan is neutral in the internal Libyan conflict and is only interested in standing by the whole of Libya during its hour of need.
The Pakistani embassy will remain open throughout in order to offer any help needed by its citizens during these times. [/restrict]