The recent development following the situation between Ukraine and Russia has put the entire world in a shock. The crisis soon turned to heated negotiations and then led to a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukrainian territories. Russia was very brutal in its advances as the airstrikes destroyed many important buildings and places. The residents were struck with chaos and many parents bid a tearful farewell to their children following the Ukrain evacuation.
For Pakistani families, the tensions rose especially due to the fact that many Pakistani students were present in the country of Ukraine. They are stuck there, hiding under a subway station while seeking peace and safety from the Russian invasion. According to the reports shared by those students, the Ukraine embassy has not been very cooperative and they are facing severe issues.
However, Pakistani authorities are taking steps to safely evacuate the trapped Pakistani students who are trapped there. Some had left the country earlier, while many were stranded there. According to the news reports, there are at least 1500 Pakistani students stuck in Ukraine. Only recently, some efforts of Pakistani authorities have born fruit as 35 of the students have been safely evacuated. PIA has made all the necessary arrangements to safely evacuate them. However, a large number of them still remain in the war-torn country.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said at a media briefing that the embassy had temporarily moved from the city of Kyiv to Ternopil, on the border with Poland to facilitate safe evacuations. He ensured that all the students were safe.
The embassy has been asking the students to reach Ternopil. However, the social media videos uploaded by students question how they can travel thousands of kilometers and reach Ternopil. The stranded students also complained about experiencing difficulties in contacting the embassy.
PIA has been active in responding to the pleas of these students. The PIA Chief, Arshad Malik called Pakistan’s ambassador in Ukraine and discussed all the available options to evacuate the Pakistani students.