Forty-eight Pakistanis who were stranded at Russia’s Moscow airport have returned home while 84 others were expected to arrive later on Thursday night.
Their repatriation became possible through the intervention of Pakistan’s Foreign Office.
The Pakistani traders, who had landed in Moscow to attend a mobile phones’ convention, were taken into custody by the Russian authorities upon their arrival. They were kept locked in a room for 24 hours and were set free on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the FO spokesman said that the 48 Pakistani traders stranded at the Russian airport would be leaving for Pakistan later in the evening. He said the Pakistan embassy was also in constant contact with the traders.
He, however, said that the embassy has no information about the reasons cited for earlier deporting of 48 Pakistanis from Russia.