Pakistani passengers stranded in China will return home today


Lahore, Aug. 6 (TNS): The plane of a private airline has departed from Guangzhou, China for Lahore carrying Pakistanis who were stranded in the city.

Over two hundred and fourteen passengers were onboard.

The plane will arrive in Lahore at 6pm of Pakistan Standard Time (PST).   

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority had given permission to the airline for bringing back Pakistanis who had been stranded in Chinese city of Guangzhou since 29th of last month, when the airline abruptly cancelled its flights over a dispute of payment with the CAA.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Friday last heard the case at the Lahore Registry and ordered the airline to ensure all stranded passengers are brought back to Pakistan before Monday.

The apex court had also ordered the owner of the private airline to appear before it tomorrow (Tuesday).