Covid-19: Pakistan Gov to facilitate overseas workers affected
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said his government is opening up the country’s air space for international flights to help overseas Pakistanis who’re stranded in foreign countries to return home following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
“Tomorrow, we will partially open airspace for international flights. This is being done specially to help our overseas workers who have suffered the most in this pandemic but have shown great courage and made us proud. We welcome you back home and our government will facilitate you in every way,” Imran Khan said a tweet on Saturday morning.
The prime minister added he appreciated the philanthropic role played by the overseas Pakistani community in helping their brothers and sisters abroad during the pandemic.
“There are many examples where the Pakistani community has been a source of inspiration, helping those around in need,” PM Imran said.
Pakistan has decided to start international flights from the Gulf countries because the largest chunk of country’s diaspora is residing in the Gulf countries. Out of around 8.8 million Pakistanis residing abroad, over half of them are working in the Gulf countries. In the UAE alone, around 1.6 million Pakistanis are working. As many as 80,000 had registered for repatriation with the country’s diplomatic authorities.