MOSCOW – Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russian Qazi Khalilullah confirmed last night that 84 Pakistani businessman detained at Moscow airport last night reported from Russia.
Talking to private TV channel, he said that the embassy came to know about the stranded Pakistanis at around 8:00pm last night, adding “We have raised the issue with Russian Foreign Ministry at the same time.” The ambassador vowed to extend all out support to them.
According to the channel, sources said that they were 188, of them 80 hails from Karachi, 35 from Lahore and remaining from Islamabad; one of the stranded traders fainted. The report further said that the Pakistani businessmen have been kept in a room at the airport without food and water.
Traders hailing from electronic markets of different cities of Pakistan went to Russia on business tour. They were disallowed to leave the airport premises despite the fact that they had all legal documents. In the meantime, one of the stranded traders fell unconscious. Trader Abdul Mughees said that they were facing trouble as the Russian Embassy had failed to dispatch visa details to Moscow.
According to details, over 188 Pakistani businessmen arrived here to attend annual convention were stopped by immigration officials at the airport. All the stranded people are mobile dealers and arrived Moscow on the invitation of a firm to attend annual convention.