CAA allows flight carrying Pakistani deportees from Greece

By: News Desk      Published: 01:59 PM, 16 Dec, 2020
CAA allows flight carrying Pakistani deportees from Greece

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed a flight from Greece and UK bringing in 31 and 41 deportees respectively, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

A charter flight carrying 31 Pakistanis deported by Greece landed at Islamabad International Airport. Greek police officers with deported Pakistanis along with medical staff also reached Islamabad on the flight but the CAA did not allow the crew staff to come out from the flight. 

At the request of the Greek embassy, ​​the Foreign Ministry wrote a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority for permission of a special charter flight. In the letter, the Director Civil Aviation Authority Air Transport had issued NOC for the arrival of the charter flight at Islamabad.

The NOC issued directed implementation of corona SOPs for flight crews and incoming passengers.

Earlier, Pakistan has refused to accept an extradition flight from the UK amid a deepening diplomatic row over its former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, reported British newspaper The Sun on Tuesday. 

Britain forked out £300,000 chartering a plane to take around 40 deportees from London to Islamabad. 

But at the last minute, amid simmering tensions, Pakistan withdrew clearance for the flight to land. The snub meant the illegal immigrants were returned to detention centres around the UK. The international dispute is over Pakistan’s failure to persuade the UK to repatriate Nawaz Sharif to serve his jail sentence for corruption. 

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel was told she is “duty bound” to return the fallen ruler, who has been residing in London for a year after being temporarily released from prison in Pakistan and given permission to leave the country for an eight-week trip for medical treatment. 

After a spell of silence between the two countries, Pakistan then withdrew permission for the extradition flight to leave the UK on October 20.