Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir on Wednesday apprised the Senate that nationality of Pakistanis imprisoned in Yemen jail was being ascertained and all available resources would be utilised to bring them back to Pakistan.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mushahid Hussain Sayed about stranding of 22 Pakistanis in Yemen, on behalf of Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, he said the foreign ministry was in close contact with embassy of Yemen in Islamabad and Pakistani embassy in Riyadh to ascertain the nationality of Pakistanis who were in the Yemeni jail.
The ministry has had a series of correspondence with the Yemen’s embassy and Pakistani mission in Riyadh, which was looking after the affairs after closing mission in Yemen, adding that all relevant record has already been obtained, the minister apprised the Upper House.
The minister said: “Six to ten individuals were there and we were allowed to access to Sana’a (Yemen).Emergency measures would be taken to bring them back if they would turn out to be Pakistanis.”
However, the minister said the government did not receive any request for stranded Pakistanis in Yemen. The process of repatriation of stranded Pakistanis had already been completed and special flights were arranged to bring them back to Pakistan.
Earlier, Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that there were around 22 Pakistanis, including 11 fishermen, currently held in Sana’a jail. It was the responsibility of the government to protect their lives and take steps for their return to the country.