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PIA to bring back Pakistani Umrah pilgrims

Over 500 Pakistani pilgrims were stranded in Doha after Riyadh, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, among other countries, cut off all ties with Qatar
INP
ISLAMABAD
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will bring back hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Qatar for more than 48 hours.
PIA Chief Executive Officer 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.
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, among other countries, cut off all 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 private TV channel, it has been almost 48 hours that the passengers have been stuck at the airport. Passengers told Geo News that the Pakistani embassy in Doha is yet to contact them to provide any sort of relief.
Saudi Arabia revokes Qatar Airways licence
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday revoked the operating licence of Qatar Airways and ordered the airline’s offices to close within 48 hours, state media reported, as a regional diplomatic crisis escalated.
“The General Authority of Civil Aviation has decided to cancel all licences granted to Qatar Airways and to close all of its offices in the kingdom within 48 hours,” a statement carried by the official SPA news agency said.
Saudi Arabia has also closed its border with Qatar, effectively blocking food imports and a segment of the country’s exports over what Riyadh says is Doha’s support for extremism.
Qatari share prices closed down 7.58 per cent on Monday after five countries ─ Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives ─ announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with the gas-rich emirate.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced the suspension of all flights to and from Qatar as of Tuesday morning.
Hours later, Qatar Airways, which flies to nine cities in Saudi Arabia alone, announced it had suspended all flights to Saudi, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in the wake of the diplomatic boycott.
The Gulf states have also ordered Qataris to leave within 14 days and banned their own citizens from travelling to the emirate.



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