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A HEARTBROKEN mother has been left trapped in Pakistan by coronavirus lockdown with one child... while her other children are in Glasgow.

Tab Niamat said she and other Brits stuck in the country have been abandoned by both the British government and the government of Pakistan, who she says have not been in contact.

Now Tab wants the UK authorities to charter flights home for those overseas as has been done for Brits in Peru.

The 43-year-old said: "We have been completely left in the lurch.

"Circumstances may get even worse because it may come to the point that Britain, now it is in lockdown, will close its airspace and then we will be stuck here for even longer.

"I am a bag of nerves about it.

"The thought of being here for months with this uncertainty and no resolution has really sunk people into a depression.

"No one has heard anything from the Pakistani Government or the British Government, we feel completely abandoned."

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Tab, her husband and three-year-old son travelled to Pakistan for a family funeral and were due to travel home on March 23.

The couple's three older children remained behind in Glasgow.

However, the Pakistani authorities shut the country's airspace for two weeks as part of a lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Tab said the move was made with "no warning, without letting anyone know" and they were stuck.

Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) were offering flights at a cost of between £2000 and £3000 for April, but the PIA flights have since been cancelled.

Some families are travelling in groups of up to 10 people and so the flights are unaffordable.

The journey also involves layovers in other countries and, with the international situation changing rapidly, Tab says she would fear being stuck somewhere halfway.

She said: "We are taking a lot of precautions here and being very careful but my family has just had a bereavement and they are dealing with that.

"They don't need to be dealing with us as well.

"The government should charter plans to bring us home as they have done elsewhere.

"I am obviously happy to pay for the flight as long as it is secure and will definitely get us home."

Tab and her family are staying with in-laws in a rural area of the country and said the army and police are patrolling the streets to enforce the lockdown.

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Tab added: "My three at home are teenagers and I am concerned for their welfare too.

"I am torn because I want to be with them yet I can't be with them. The whole situation is catastrophic.

"It's so hard to accept because this is not something that you think really happens to people. It is like a really bad movie, a disaster movie.

"Our homes are in Britain, this isn't our home. The way we have been treated by both governments makes us feel like we don't belong in either place.

"You feel here that you are not quite Pakistani but then you are not quite British. I am 43 years old and I never imagined I would be questioning my identity in this way."

Tab is being backed by local MP Alison Thewliss, who she said is being highly supportive.

Afzal Khan, a Manchester MP, and Kate Hollern, MP for Blackburn, have also written to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to demand that a chartered flight brings home British nationals in Pakistan.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We recognize British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

“The FCO is working around the clock to support British travellers in this situation to allow them to come back to the UK.

"The Government is seeking to keep key transit routes open as long as possible and is in touch with international partners and the airline industry to make this happen.

"Consular staff are supporting those with urgent need while providing travel advice and support to those still abroad.”