Dubai – As the UAE and Pakistani governments have intensified efforts to repatriate stranded Pakistani citizens in the UAE, more people have registered with the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai.
In a video message on Sunday evening, Consul-General of Pakistan in Dubai Ahmed Amjad Ali disclosed that more than 60,000 Pakistanis in the UAE have been registered with the consulate so far to go back to the country.
“Pakistan Consulate in Dubai has registered more than 60,000 people who want to go back home through special flights. This is a huge number and we will repatriate all these registered people as soon as possible,” the consul-general said.
The Consulate initiated the registration process In March following a ban on scheduled flights imposed by Pakistani government to contain coronavirus outbreak. Among these 60,000 stranded Pakistanis also includes over 20,000 overseas Pakistanis who were rendered jobless because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Consul-General said urged the Pakistani community to stay cool and calm as the authorities are taking all-out measures to repatriate stranded citizens in the UAE.
He also advised to buy tickets only through designated counters of the airlines and said people should not pay extra price for special flights as the government has already fixed the rates.
“You don’t need to visit the consulate to inquire or buy ticket for special flights. We have a process to call all registered people as per set priority and every one will soon be repatriated to their homes,” Ali said.
The Consul-General said PIA and the UAE airlines have so far been repatriated more than 2,500 stranded Pakistanis through special flights operations.
He said the consulate has a priority list under which preference will be given to those whose visas are expired and those who lost jobs in the UAE or on unpaid or paid leaves. Moreover, pregnant women, medical and family emergencies are also part of the priority list.