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Title: Saudi Arabia Permits PIA To Bring Back Umrah Pilgrims


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Saudi Arabia Permits PIA To Bring Back Umrah
Pilgrims
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PIA Pakistan International Airlines
  • The aviation authority of Saudi Arabia has
    allowed the PIA Pakistan International
    Airlines to operate special flight in order to
    bring the stranded Pakistanis back in the
    country. Since hundreds of Pakistanis are stuck
    in Mecca and Medina due to the suspension of
    flights, it is extremely crucial to bring them
    back.

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  • It is believed that the Saudi Authorities have
    permitted the PIA to pick the passengers from the
    kingdom on the personal efforts of the Air
    Marshal Arshad Malik, the incumbent CEO of PIA.

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  • Earlier, Saudi Arabia had imposed a ban on all
    the flights operating to and from the kingdom as
    the coronavirus was spreading like wildfire. It
    asked its residents living in other countries to
    return to the kingdom in 72 hours. Similarly, it
    also ordered all the foreigners living in the
    kingdom to vacate the country in 72 hours, i.e.
    till 14 March, because no flights would operate
    after 72-hour time period.

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Goodwill Gesture By Saudi Arabia
  • However, it now seems that Saudi Arabia has shown
    some flexibility as it has allowed PIA to run
    special flights for stranded Pakistanis in the
    kingdom till 18 March. The CEO of PIA Air Marshal
    Arshad Malik had personally asked the General
    Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to permit PIA
    for resuming the flight operations as hundreds of
    Pakistani citizens were stranded there.

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  • Here, it is worth noting that this generosity has
    been extended only for Pakistan and the flights
    of all the other countries can still not operate
    to Saudi Arabia.
  • Following the permission, the empty planes of PIA
    will land at Medina and Jeddah Airports.
    Subsequently, these flights will repatriate the
    stranded Umrah pilgrims to Lahore, Karachi, and
    Islamabad. It is also believed that the PIA
    flights will also bring back over 1,800 Pakistani
    nationals from the kingdom.

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The Remarks Of Passengers
  • Previously, the national flag carrier of Pakistan
    had operated about 22 flights to transport more
    than 6,000 nationals after the announcement of
    the 72-hour deadline. Similarly, on March 13, the
    stranded Pakistani pilgrims asked the government
    to assist them in the repatriation as they were
    stuck in Saudi Arabia amid coronavirus fears.

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  • The pilgrims also told the media that neither
    they had money to buy the tickets of other
    airlines nor they could afford to pay the rent of
    the hotels. They also lamented that despite the
    announcement of 72-hour deadline, the government
    made no special arrangements for the stranded
    nationals.
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