PIA to bring home hundreds of stranded pilgrims on Doha airport

ISLAMABAD: 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.

PIA CEO Nayyar Hayyat has directed national carriers’ Qatar manager to coordinate with the Pakistanis stranded in Doha.

PIA officials in Doha have also been directed to contact Pakistani embassy in Qatar.

Related: Major UAE airlines suspend all flights to Qatar

Over 500 Pakistani pilgrims who were travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah via Qatar were stranded in Doha after Riyadh, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt decided to sever ties with Qatar on allegations that Doha supports terrorism and extremism.

The move followed severing of all land, air and sea links with Qatar and vice versa.

On Monday, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar and regional airlines announced they would suspend service to its capital, Doha.

According to local media outlet, it has been almost 48 hours that the passengers have been stranded at the airport. Passengers also reportedly stated that the Pakistani embassy in Doha is yet to contact them to provide any sort of relief.

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