ISLAMABAD - The ministry of foreign affairs Friday said that a number of additional flights are being organised to evacuate thousands of stranded Pakistanis in Libya.

According to Foreign Office, over 1,200 Pakistanis are currently housed at the relief camps set up by the Pakistan embassy in Libya and the number is increasing by the day. Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's instructions, 509 stranded Pakistanis in Libya were successfully brought back to Pakistan on Thursday last through a special PIA flight.

Earlier, over 2,000 Pakistanis have been evacuated by land routes through neighbouring countries. At a time when the security situation in Libya has deteriorated sharply and many essential services have become dysfunctional, conducting this massive operation has been a formidable task, only made possible by exceptional cooperation among the embassy in Tripoli, PIA, aviation division, ministry of finance and the ministry of foreign affairs.

A crisis management cell set up in the Foreign Office is coordinating this gigantic relief and evacuation operation, necessitated by the resumed infighting in Libya, which has an expatriate Pakistani community of around 18,000.