DUBAI: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on abroad Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar ‘Zulfi’ Bukhari mentioned Friday at the least 1,276 helpless Pakistanis stranded within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) got free tickets by the federal government amid the disaster brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his two-day go to, Bukhari additionally met Pakistanis living within the UAE and expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani neighborhood for his or her well timed help to their helpless fellows stranded overseas.
“Coronavirus caused severe hardship to Pakistanis [living and working] abroad,” he mentioned, including that some 75,000 Pakistanis had returned home from the UAE because of the coronavirus disaster.
At least 154 particular flights had been operated by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for the return of individuals stranded within the UAE, the particular assistant mentioned. “The government provided free tickets to 1,276 helpless people,” he added.
“Rations were distributed to more than 19,000 Pakistanis in the UAE,” he mentioned additional.
Bukhari had on Wednesday left for the UAE to deal with and resolve the difficulty of Pakistani expatriates stranded abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A press release issued by the OP&HRD ministry had said that the particular assistant would additionally meet the UAE Labour Minister for the redressal of the problems being confronted by the Pakistani employees within the wake of the pandemic.
“This is the first interaction of UAE labour ministry with a representative of any country with such a large diaspora to address workforce issues and post-COVID reintegration plan,” the official news release had read.
The premier’s aide was also scheduled to hold an interaction with the Dubai-based Pakistani donors who had carried out philanthropic activities and made huge contributions. “This is the first visit after reopening of airspace to address overseas Pakistanis’ issues since the onset of coronavirus pandemic,” the ministry had noted.