Next phase of repatriating overseas Pakistanis from abroad beginning from April 14: FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said next phase of repatriating overseas Pakistanis from abroad is beginning from Tuesday.

Speaking at the meeting of the Special Committee of the Parliament on coronavirus in Islamabad on Monday, he said these stranded Pakistanis will be brought back through nine special flights. He said so for 39,7478 Pakistanis are waiting for their repatriation to their homeland. He said a number of Pakistani nationals have become jobless in the United Arab Emirates due to Coronavirus outbreak and they too want to come back. He said 2,248 Pakistanis relating to Tableeghi Jamaat are wishing their repatriation from Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. He said Pakistani citizens, including students, living in the United States and Canada, are also desirous of coming back to Pakistan which can take the tally to forty thousand people, wishing their repatriation.

The Foreign Minister informed the committee that fourteen Pakistani citizens are in Nepal, while four are in Maldives who will be got together at a common station from where they will be brought back.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said so for 1,640 Pakistanis have been repatriated through 12 special flights and now efforts will be made to bring back more and more Pakistanis in the next flight operation starting from tomorrow.