Over 1,000 people had been safely evacuated from the war-torn African nation, according to the Foreign Office (FO), which on Tuesday announced the end of the evacuation operation for Pakistanis stuck in Sudan.
It also expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and China for helping Pakistani nationals who were stuck in the crisis zone to be returned home.
Over 1,000 people were successfully evacuated from the war-torn African nation, the FO reported, indicating that the operation was successful.
"By Allah's grace and the arduous efforts of our embassy in Khartoum, headed by Amb Regi, assisted by Saudi Arabia and China, as well as our personnel in Jeddah and Islamabad, we have successfully & securely evacuated over 1,000 Pakistanis out of Sudan. With this, our evacuation activities from Sudan have come to a conclusion, the FO tweeted.
- One 025 Pakistanis were removed from Sudan, according to a different tweet from Foreign Secretary Asad Majeed Khan. He said that Jeddah repatriations will continue until “the last Pakistani is eventually brought back.”
- The effective evacuation effort was praised by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Given the circumstances, he stated, “it was unquestionably a herculean task that was made possible by timely & coordinated response.”
The prime minister also thanked Saudi Arabia and China for their "crucial help" with the evacuations.
Sajjid Hussain Turi, minister for overseas Pakistanis and human resource development, stated on Monday that the government covered all costs associated with repatriating nationals.
UN issues a "catastrophe" alert
Despite the most recent cease-fire, fierce fighting between rival generals continued in Sudan today, and there have been numerous warnings of the possibility of
Since April 15, when tensions between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the regular army, and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, exploded into violent clashes, Sudan has been engulfed in bloodshed.
One resident in south Khartoum said, “We are hearing some sporadic gunfire, the roar of a warplane, and the anti-aircraft fire at it.”
Abdou Dieng, the chief UN humanitarian representative in Sudan, warned that the situation was escalating into "a full-blown catastrophe" in a briefing on Monday.
and the international community had all called for a cease-fire, but the fighting generals had refused to heed them, according to Kenyan President William Ruto, who said that the violence had reached "catastrophic levels."
Ruto stated during a virtual discussion with top UN officials
El Geneina, the state capital of West Darfur, has been completely overtaken by anarchy and reports of at least 96 deaths since the conflict began, according to UN estimates. El Geneina is located outside of Khartoum.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, approximately 330,000 individuals have been uprooted, with more than 70% of them living in West and South Darfur states.
According to the physicians’ union, “the health system has completely collapsed in Geneina,” and numerous organisations were obliged to conduct “emergency evacuations” for their teams due to clinics and displaced persons’ camps being looted.
As a result of the conflict, Doctors Without Borders had to cease "almost all activities in West Darfur" on Friday, the organisation said.