Asad Qaiser wants return of stranded Pakistanis on fast track
ISLAMABAD: Speaker, National Assembly, Asad Qaiser has directed Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and other concerned officials to take immediate steps to repatriate Pakistani nationals trapped in Afghanistan, Iran and Middle East countries.
He was chairing a meeting of Parliamentary Committee on immediate repatriation of Zaireen, Tableeghi Jamaat and Overseas Pakistanis.
Chairman of the subcommittee, Shehryar Khan Afridi informed the Speaker that 1097 Tableeghi Jamaat members had been brought back from various countries to Pakistan through special flights.
He told that 237 Afghan nationals of Tableeghi Jamaat have been sent back after testing negative of COVID-19.
Speaker was also informed that another 243 foreigners have also been flown out of Pakistan after testing negative besides thousands of Tableeghi Jamaat members trapped in various parts of Pakistan due to lockdown, had been sent back to their respective homes since the committee took over the job.
Shehryar Afridi said that 263 Pakistanis had been brought back from Japan and Bangkok to Islamabad and they had been quarantined as their samples sent for Coronavirus test. He told that 50 Zaireen from Taftan border had been brought to Punjab and later sent to their homes after spending quarantine period.
“Moreover, another flight had brought back 250 Pakistanis from United Arab Emirates who had also been sent to their homes after spending quarantine period. A flight from Jeddah had brought back 542 Pakistanis who had been quarantined,” the minister told the committee.
Afridi told the committee that 200 prisoners had arrived from United Arab Emirates at Faisalabad and were quarantined.
Shehryar Afridi also submitted progress report on return of stranded Pakistanis in Iran, Afghanistan and Gulf states.
Speaker National Assembly appreciated Shehryar Afridi-led parliamentary committee and the efforts of federal and provincial government officials for making unprecedented efforts to help bring back trapped Pakistanis from abroad. - APP