KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A total of 44 Malaysians still stranded in Pakistan since Feb 27 following the closure of its airspace is expected to leave the country by the end of the week.
The Malaysian High Commission in Islamabad, in a statement shared on Facebook, said 41 of 85 stranded Malaysians have left in stages since Saturday (March 2) via Islamabad and Karachi with transit in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, and Jeddah.
Pakistan reopened its airspace on Monday (March 4), which was closed from Feb 27, following strained relations with India due to military incidents at the border between the two countries.
However, according to the High Commission, the daily Malindo Air flights (Kuala Lumpur-Lahore-Kuala Lumpur) are still not operational for the time being.
"This is due to the prohibition, by the authorities of a neighbouring country of Pakistan, for any flight operators to use its airspace heading to or departing from Pakistan for an indefinite time period.
"The prohibition has also affected Thai Airways from Kuala Lumpur (via Bangkok) to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi," added the statement on Tuesday (March 5).
Malaysians have also been advised to postpone non-essential trips to Pakistan until the bilateral relations between Pakistan and India improve, and to take into consideration that the airspace may resume closure if tensions re-escalate.
Malaysians, who have not registered at the High Commission's office, have been urged to do so as soon as possible to enable consular services to be dispensed effectively.
Those in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan can call the High Commission's officer on duty at +923028443021 or email email@example.com.
Malaysians in Balochistan province and Sindh can call the officer on duty at the Consulate General of Malaysia in Karachi at +923000702823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help or information.
Tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad escalated since the attack by terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwana, India on Feb 14 killed more than 40 people. - Bernama