451 Bangladeshis return from India, Pakistan and Kuwait on special flights

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A total of 451 Bangladeshi nationals from India, Pakistan and Kuwait returned home yesterday on separate special flights.

The returnees include 138 persons who were stranded in India and Pakistan amid the suspension of international flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and 313 who were reptriated from Kuwait.

Of them, 88 returned from Mumbai on a special Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight that landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka at 6:00pm, said Tahera Khandaker, deputy general manager (public relations) of Biman.

Earlier in the day, a special flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) landed at the Dhaka Airport at 12:59pm carrying 50 Bangladeshi nationals from Pakistan, SM Wahidur Rahman, deputy director of HSIA, told The Daily Star.

The PIA flight left the airport at 2:41pm carrying 156 Pakistani nationals stranded in Dhaka, Wahidur Rahman said.

Also, a chartered flight of Air India left Dhaka at 11:06am carrying 176 Indian nationals, the HSIA deputy director added.

From Kuwait, 313 Bangladeshis returned last night on two separate special flights of Kuwait Airways and Jajeera Airways.

At 8:00pm, the Kuwait Airways flight landed in Dhaka with 185 Bangladeshi passengers, and Jajeera Airways brought back 128 more Bangladeshis around an hour later, said Group Captain Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of HSIA.

The Bangladeshis were either imprisoned or in deportation camps in the Gulf state on various grounds, including not having valid documents.

Kuwait, along with other gulf states — Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia — recently repatriated several hundred Bangladeshi workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic over the last few weeks.

According to media reports, different Middle East and Gulf countries have taken steps to repatriate the expatriate prisoners following the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, some 158 Bangladeshis who were stranded in Malaysia for around two months, are scheduled to return home today morning by a special flight of Malindo Air around 11:30am, sources at HSIA said.

Author: ApnayOnline

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