7,500 stranded Pakistanis to be repatriated in next ten days: Dr. Moeed


Islamabad: April 29, (TNS): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security, Dr. Moeed Yusuf has asked the overseas Pakistanis to get them registered with Pakistan embassies and missions abroad to get the schedule and arrangements of their return to the country.

Briefing the media in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said 7,500 stranded Pakistanis will be repatriated in next ten days.

Moeed Yusuf said our immediate focus is on Pakistanis in gulf countries including Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

However, in the coming weeks we will also bring back Pakistanis stranded in Sudan, Kenya and Britain.

He said currently most of the flights in operation to repatriate Pakistanis are of PIA, but we have now also talked with other airlines including Qatar Airways to bring back Pakistanis.

The Special Assistant once again clarified that there is no restriction on people going abroad from Pakistan.

Regarding quarantine policy, Dr. Moeed Yusuf said every passenger will undergo quarantine for 48 hours and then his test will be taken to decide further action. However, sometimes people have to stay there for 3 or 4 days due to time involved in testing and results collection.

About Coronavirus cases in the country, he said death ratio is 2.1 in Pakistan which is significantly less than many other countries. He said 80 percent mortalities are of people above the age of 50.

The Special Assistant urged industry owners, mosque administration and all other places of public gathering to strictly follow the SOP