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Jun 06, 2020 PRINT EDITION
Pakistan

Capacity enhanced to repatriate 7,000 stranded Pakistanis per week: Qureshi

 He said among the challenges faced by Pakistan in the prevailing situation, was also the repatriation of stranded P
  • He said among the challenges faced by Pakistan in the prevailing situation, was also the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis.
  • He said owing to the limited capacity for quarantine and testing, the government could repatriate only 2,000 stranded Pakistanis per week.
  • The foreign minister said the nation was proud over the remarkable contribution by the Pakistani American doctors and nurses to save the human lives from the deadly virus.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday said that having enhanced its capacity to repatriate up to 7,000 stranded Pakistanis per week, the government was striving to ensure the return of maximum number of people before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Addressing the Pakistani community in the United States though video link, the foreign minister said besides PIA, the government had also approached Qatar Airline for repatriation of the Pakistanis desiring to return to their homeland.

The session was also attended by Secretary Foreign Affairs Sohail Mahmood and Pakistan’s Ambassador in US Asad Majeed and embassy officers through video link besides a huge number of Pakistani expatriates.

He said among the challenges faced by Pakistan in the prevailing situation, was also the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis. Though around 10,000 had already been brought back, thousands more were yet in the waiting.

He said owing to the limited capacity for quarantine and testing, the government could repatriate only 2,000 stranded Pakistanis per week.

He said in order to apprise the expatriates about the government’s efforts to contain coronavirus, a series of town hall virtual meetings had been initiated by the foreign ministry.

He said the considering the volume of the loss faced by the great economies like the US, one could assess its impact on the developing country like Pakistan.

The foreign minister said the nation was proud over the remarkable contribution by the Pakistani American doctors and nurses to save the human lives from the deadly virus.

He said the country’s economy was under pressure but the government was struggling to stabilize it with the cooperation from the world community. Even, a huge number of Pakistani workers were feared to lose their jobs due to collapse of oil prices following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The foreign minister highlighted the government’s relief measures for the poor people particularly Rs 144 billion emergency cash package to support 12 million families.

He thanked the Pakistani community for supporting their homeland in any distressing moment and urged the members to extend all out assistance to the Pakistani students and other community members residing in the US.