PIA And Turkish Airlines flight to evacuate stranded Pakistanis in Istanbul

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate a ferry flight to Istanbul at the earliest to evacuate Pakistanis stranded.

According to a statement issued this evening, PIA Chairman Azam Saigol said that Boeing-777 will be sent to Istanbul to bring back Pakistanis.

Earlier, an attempted military coup by a faction of the Army was repelled in Turkey on Friday night when hundreds of thousands of people took out to streets on the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s government said Saturday it was firmly in control after a coup attempt the night before sparked violence and chaos, leaving 161 people dead.

Friday’s uprising by some members of the military is the latest worrying example of deteriorating stability in a country that a few years ago was being promoted to the wider Muslim world as a model of democratic governance and economic prosperity.
Some 14 years after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political party swept to power in elections, Turkey once again teeters on the brink.
As the morning wore on, crowds emptied out of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where many gathered the night before.
In Istanbul, a defiant Erdogan addressed the throngs, telling them that the coup had been quashed.
PIA And Turkish Airlines flight to evacuate stranded Pakistanis in Istanbul
“The government is in control,” he told supporters as they chanted his name. “Fifty percent of the people elected the President and that President is on duty.”
He said those involved will be dealt with.
“So far as we believe, so far as we’re alive, we’ll be prepared to die in the cause to tackle these people … we’re not going to compromise.”

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