Over 6,000 stranded Pakistanis to be repatriated this week: Dr Moeed
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf Saturday said the government was increasing the number of overseas Pakistanis stranded abroad to 6,000 per week for repatriation after proper data analysis of the emerging COVID-19 situation in the country.
Addressing the Prime Minister's live briefing on the prevailing situation of the pandemic, he apprised on the situation of repatriation of overseas Pakistanis awaiting to return to the country.
He was also flanked by Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar, SAPM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, SAPM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and others.
Dr Moeed said: "Around 2,000 overseas Pakistanis have been brought back in the past week whereas a three-fold increase has been made in this number. Therefore, by this week around 6,000 Pakistanis per week will be brought back and by the next week it will be scaled up to 7,000 international passengers per week."
He added that the repatriation of overseas Pakistanis was increased gradually as testing and quarantine facilities were being increased to ensure safe inflow of international passengers. - APP