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Hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims stranded on Doha airport following Qatar flight ban


KARACHI, JUN 06 (DNA) – Hundreds of Pakistanis were left stranded at Doha airport following all flights travelling from Qatar to Saudi Arabia were banned.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, among other countries, severed diplomatic 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.

As a result, Pakistani pilgrims proceeding to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah remained stranded on Doha airport as Qatar Airways was barred from entering Saudi Arabia. According to reports, the airline failed to provide accommodation to the Pakistani passengers, forcing them to settle in at the airport’s departure lounge.

It has been almost 48 hours that the passengers — said to be around 500 — have been stuck at the airport. Passengers told local media outlet that the Pakistani embassy in Doha is yet to contact them to provide any sort of relief.

The relevant Pakistan International Airlines officials have been instructed to arrange a special flight to take the stranded Pakistanis out of Doha.

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