While many foreigners have been evacuated from the civil war-stricken Sudan, many are waiting to return to their homeland, while some Pakistani citizens have decided not to leave Sudan despite the civil war.
On April 21, on the sixth day of the civil war in Khartoum, the Pakistani embassy sent a message to 1500 Pakistani citizens in Sudan that if they want to return to Pakistan, they should reach the premises of the Pakistani embassy in the capital.
After receiving a message from the diplomatic authorities, 35-year-old Irfan Khan, who voluntarily drove his compatriots to the embassy on dangerous roads full of fire and blood, decided to stay in Sudan instead of returning to Pakistan.
According to the Arab media report, Irfan Khan, a resident of Karachi, runs an eyeglass shop in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and he is hopeful that the situation will improve, so he has decided to stay in Sudan instead of returning to Pakistan.
In this regard, Irfan Khan said that while taking his colleagues to the embassy, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and military personnel stopped us at more than 6 places in the 12-kilometer journey and asked us to identify ourselves. The entire journey was very stressful and after an hour I managed to get my colleagues to the embassy building.
He said that I came back after delivering colleagues to the embassy, I had decided to stay here because my business, my friends and my network are all here. However, things will improve.
He said that he came to Sudan 14 years ago with his brother, the brother went back but I still decided to stay here because I feel like home here compared to Karachi. This country and the people here are very friendly. are good
He said that when the civil war started, I was very scared at that time, but later when I talked to my friends and looked outside, my fear has reduced to a great extent.
He said that if I go back to Pakistan at this time, what is the guarantee that I will be able to return? So I decided to stay here.
He said that my wife, children and rest of the family live in Karachi, they all say that I should come back but I have also told them that I will stay here for now and take care of my business.
Apart from Irfan Khan, there is another Pakistani citizen, 40-year-old Jameel Hussain, who has decided not to leave Sudan.
He says he came to Sudan in 2009 and married a Sudanese woman in 2011 with whom he has three sons and a daughter.
Jameel Hussain said that after the civil war started, he contacted the Pakistani embassy, but I was told that my wife and children are Sudanese citizens, so it is difficult to take them to Pakistan. Arrangements can be made.
Jameel Hussain said that after hearing the answer from the embassy, I have decided to stay here, I cannot go back leaving my wife and children here, because if I go back, I don’t know if I will be able to come back or not.
It should be remembered that the Pakistani Foreign Office says that Pakistan has completed the evacuation operation of Pakistanis stuck in Sudan, the safe evacuation of more than a thousand Pakistanis from Sudan has been completed and our evacuation operations from Sudan have ended.