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ISLAMABAD: In collaboration with the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the government will operate special charter flights starting May 10 to repatriate displaced Pakistanis from the United States, while five special flights will bring displaced citizens to Pakistan from Qatar in the next two weeks . .
According to a press release of the Pakistani embassy in Washington on Thursday, two special flights will operate from Washington DC – first to Islamabad on May 10 and second to Karachi on May 13. Dates for other flights from Newark Airport, New Jersey to Lahore, will be announced later.
In addition, the government will operate three more flights from the US for the repatriation of Pakistanis. “Date, cities of origin and destination in Pakistan will be announced in due course,” the embassy said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) on Pakistan Overseas and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari indicated on Thursday that five special flights would bring displaced citizens to Pakistan from Qatar in the next two weeks.
Speaking to the Pakistani community via teleconference, he said 5,500 Pakistanis were trapped in Qatar because of the closure of international flights amid the corona virus pandemic. He added that 700 dismissed Pakistani workers would be repatriated and their travel expenses would be borne by their employers.
“These unemployed Pakistanis will be given jobs through the Kamyab Jawan program,” he added. SAPM promised to send two public welfare attaches to Qatar in the coming days, said a press release issued by the foreign ministry.
The virtual town hall meeting was arranged by the OP & HRD ministry to inform the public about the decision taken by the government to provide assistance to the Pakistani diaspora after coronavirus. The meeting was attended by more than 50 people including Pakistani embassy officials.