ISLAMABAD   -   The federal government has made a comprehensive plan for Pakistani students evacuation stranded in Ukraine by sending a special PIA flight to Poland in the next 48 hours, it is learnt. According to the plan, efforts are being made to gather all Pakistani students in Ternopil, a border town of Ukraine near Poland, from where they would be shifted to Poland from where a PIA flight would take them to Pakistan,” Pakistani Ambassador Maj Gen (r)  Noel Israel Khokhar told The Nation on phone from Ukraine.

He also confirmed that PIA Managing Director Arshad Malik spoke to him and told him about the evacuation plan.

The Ambassador said that approximately 3,000 students were studying in various universities in different cities of Ukraine, however, most of them had already left the country before the Russian attack and currently only 500 students are left who are being gathered through the Pakistan embassy.

“About 30 students have been sent to Poland and over 35 have reached Ternopil from where they would be shifted to Poland,” The ambassador said.

“Ukraine is in a state of war so there are difficulties being faced by everyone”, he said.

When asked about the Pakistani community, he said they are well settled in various cities of Ukraine and are safe.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Pakistan embassy in Ukraine said the embassy is fully functional and extending all possible help to evacuate Pakistani students from Ukraine to Poland.

Foreign Office has also directed Pakistani embassies in Poland, Hungary and Romania to extend all possible help to Pakistani students arriving in their countries from Ukraine.

Pakistani Ambassador in Romania Dr zafar Iqbal told The Nation on phone that four Pakistani students have reached Romania from Ukraine and they are being looked after well and arrangements are being made for their return to Pakistan.

He said he is in touch with Romanian authorities on the situation and they have assured full cooperation.