In a rare moment of cooperation Indian and Pakistani defence forces worked together to bring home citizens from both nations. Both countries put aside strained bilateral ties and border disputes in order to bring home their stranded citizens. India’s efforts have so far saved 2,300 people. Out of the 800 rescued today over 200 were nationals of other countries. 23 countries have asked India to help in their efforts to bring their citizens home.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that the Indian Navy evacuated 3 Pakistani nationals from Hodeida while Pakistan helped rescue 11 Indians from Al Mukalla.
800+ of r citizens come home; 200+ from 25 countries going/gone to their homes in other lands. All Thanks to Indian efforts. Good night.— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 5, 2015
Twenty three countries have requested India to evacuate their citizens from Yemen.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 6, 2015
I am also glad that India has rescued several non-Indian citizens from Yemen.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2015
Humanitarian gesture – Indian Navy evacuated 3 Pak nationals from Hodeida by INS Sumitra. Pakistan brought 11 Indians from Makala.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 5, 2015
Indian coast guard saves crew of sinking ship – 10 from Pakistan, 5 from Yemen & 1 each from Iraq & India http://t.co/38iBuVHoDm— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 5, 2015
11 Indians Rescued by Pakistan From Yemen…BTW, India also rescued 175 forigners out of 441 people yesterday.some positive news for change— QueenBee ♕ (@vaidehisachin) April 5, 2015
Great to see both India and Pakistan rescuing each other’s citizens from war torn Yemen. Good gesture.— Holy Liberal Cow (@brownbrumby) April 5, 2015
MT @fahdhumayun :what neighbours are for: #Pakistan warship PNS Aslat rescues 11 Indians from Yemen http://t.co/JVFLsPmS8f #IndoPak @htTweets— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) April 4, 2015
Pak Navy frigate evacuated 148 Pakistanis alongwith 11 Indian citizens today from Yemen, it is all about Humanity. Well done Pakistan Navy.— Kashif Qaimi (@kashif_Qaimi) April 4, 2015
Thank You #Pakistan Navy For Transporting Stranded Pakistanis, Chinese, Indian, European & American Citizens From #Yemen . Salute & Kudos— ☪ Pakistan – Wake-UP (@NewPakistan2020) April 4, 2015
This is definitely a moment of pride for both nations and shows us what we can achieve when we put the guns away and fight to create a better world for each other.
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