KARACHI: Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT arrived at city port on Tuesday after successful evacuation of 146 Pakistanis including men, women and children and 36 foreign nationals stranded in Al Mukallah, Yemen.
Foreign nationals included eight Chinese, eight Philippines, four British, three Indonesians, two Syrians, one Canadian, one Egyptian, one Jordanian and 11 Indian nationals.
All were were safely taken on board Pakistan Navy Ship Aslat, said a PN press release.
Pakistan Navy (PN) considering it a national obligation immediately reacted and sailed its ships for evacuation of stranded Pakistanis.
Pakistan Navy ship reached Al Mukallah on April 2, 2015 which had third largest cluster of Pakistanis in Yemen.
However, to ensure safety, Yemeni authorities imposed restriction on movement of personnel from assembly point to port city for embarkation onboard ship due to deteriorated security situation in the city.
Upon assessing the ongoing environment in Al Mukkallah vis a vis safety of Pakistani nationals, the evacuation effort was switched to nearby Ash Shihr Port. The ship had comprehensive arrangements to ensure safe and comfortable return of all the evacuees.
Besides safeguarding maritime interests of Pakistan, PN had always been at the forefront with international community to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations overseas.
The resolve and commitment was also evident at numerous occasions in the past including assistance rendered to Maldives and Indonesians after Tsunami 2004 and rescue of MV Suez Crew from Pirates in 2011.
PN is still maintaining its presence near Yemen and remains committed to ensure further evacuation of stranded Pakistanis as well as foreign Nationals on humanitarian grounds.