The NATO and allied countries personnel exit from Afghanistan has gained momentum, while about 3,500 foreigners evacuated from the neighbouring country are staying in various Islamabad hotels, it emerged on Monday.
The airport has seen several special flights leaving for cities in the Middle East and Europe. A flight carrying 106 Nato troops left for Belgium on Monday afternoon. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told Dawn that 13,500 foreigners evacuated from Afghanistan have arrived in Pakistan since the Taliban gained control of Kabul, with 3,500 residing in various hotels in Islamabad.
“A total of 13,500 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 186 flights since the Taliban took control of Kabul, while 9,500 of them have gone to their own countries,” he said.
Twenty aircraft from various countries, both commercial and military, were parked at the Islamabad airport, the minister added saying that individuals evacuated from Afghanistan arrive in the capital and then depart for their respective countries.
Asked whether some foreigners were staying at the US embassy, Mr Sarwar said: “Some diplomats could be staying there, but I don’t know exactly.”