Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari said that two weekly flights will be operated to repatriate Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia.
He made this announcement via an online video link at Pakistan Embassy Riyadh and Consulate General Jeddah on Wednesday.
Zulfi Bukhari said that about 15,000 workers have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, while about 4,000 in Saudi Arabia are on visit visas who could not return due to the closure of flights.
These flights will be mainly operated for them, the number of which can be increased. In all these flights, the bodies of those who died in Saudi Arabia will also be sent to Pakistan. He added that they are also trying to start the repatriation of residency (Iqama) holders as soon as possible.
On Friday, a PIA Special Flight PK 8710 carrying 250 stranded Pakistanis departed from Jeddah for Lahore.