ISLAMABAD: All Pakistanis stranded in Europe and the Middle East will be brought back to the country by the 20th of this month, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan informed the National Assembly on Friday.
Speaking in the lower house of parliament, he said the PIA was operating special flights to bring home Pakistanis stranded in countries in Europe and the Middle East.
So far, 54,116 stranded Pakistanis have been brought to the country in a dignified manner, the minister said, adding that those from Europe and the UK were also flown by chartered flights.
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Khan said overseas Pakistanis are the country’s precious asset and contribute enormously to the country’s economy. Their remittances reached $ 29 billion in the last fiscal year, he said.
Previously, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced the repatriation of Pakistani citizens stranded in different countries within a week.
Spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said in a statement that arrangements had been finalized to repatriate stranded Pakistani citizens and added that two Boing 777s were ready to fly to Bahrain.
“The airline will bring back thousands of stranded Pakistanis within a week,” the spokesperson said.