Majority of the Pakistanis currently stranded in the UAE will be repatriated in the next four to five weeks. PIA airfares are being slashed by around 20-30 per cent for the special flights, a senior official said.
Ahmad Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan, said the decision has been taken by PIA, the national carrier, to cut rates, which will be effective from April 25 onwards.
Zulfi Bukhari, special assistant to prime minister Imran Khan on Overseas Pakistanis, stressed that the repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in the UAE has been a top priority as 17 out of 27 flights were operated from the UAE.
More than 40,000 people have registered with the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai for repatriation. It includes over 10,000 overseas Pakistanis who were rendered jobless because of the coronavirus outbreak.
It was noted that over 15,000 Pakistani workers have lost jobs in the GCC.