ISLAMABAD, July 16 (APP): Under the directive of the
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Embassy and Consulate General of Pakistan in Turkey are in constant contact with the Pakistani community members, who are reported safe.

The officials of the Embassy and Consulate in Turkey
were also in constant touch with the Turkish Airlines to help
facilitate the departure of stranded Pakistanis.

A Turkish Airline flight TK708 had also left Istanbul
for Karachi at 10:15 pm (PST) carrying 140 passengers.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had directed the Special
Assistant on Foreign Affairs to ensure every possible
assistance to Pakistanis at the Turkish Airports.

A large number of Turkish Airlines flights had been
cancelled, delayed or rescheduled out of Istanbul and Ankara
because of the situation in Turkey.

The airline has now resumed operations and two officers
deputed by the Pakistan Embassy and Consulate General of
Pakistan in Istanbul were at the Ataturk Airport to assist the
Pakistanis, said a press release of the Foreign Office on

The Airline was also advised that it should get the
tickets changed in the transit lounge.

The Embassy and Consulate General of Pakistan in Turkey
have provided the following telephone contact numbers for
1. Istanbul: 0090-532-568-3413
2. Ankara: 0090-505-979-5393
These numbers were strictly meant for “Emergency Help
Line” for providing facilitation to Pakistanis at the Turkish
airports, who were in transit.

Other people were requested not to block these two
telephone numbers with their unnecessary calls.